The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not going to fire coach Dirk Koetter.
Ownership has informed Koetter that he will return to coach the team in 2018, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud.
The Buccaneers were predicted to be one of the better teams in the NFC South this year after a 9-7 finish in 2016 and adding wide receiver DeSean Jackson in free agency, but instead they will finish under .500 for the sixth time in seven seasons. That, along with quarterback Jameis Winston still not playing as well as a team would hope a No. 1 overall draft pick to play, would be reason to think Koetter would be on the hot seat.
However, the main reason that he was hired as the Buccaneers coach is to help develop Winston, and a close look at the stats shows that the young quarterback is improving. He missed three games this season with ac joint sprain in his throwing shoulder. Due to that injury his passing yards and touchdown totals have fallen, but so has his interception percentage. In 2016 he threw interceptions on 3.2 percent of his pass attempts, this season percentage fell to 2.
His completion percentage went from 60 percent to 65 percent, and his yards-per-attempt average has increased from 7.2 to 8. There is reason to believe that a healthy Winston can make another jump next season, but this team should’ve performed better in 2017.