TAMPA, Fla. — After three trying seasons, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have relieved coach Dirk Koetter of the responsibilities, and the team announced Sunday.
Koetter finished his stint using Tampa Bay with a 19-29 album, going 5-11 this season, including Sunday’s 34-32 loss to the Falcons.
“We really appreciate the hardwork and commitment shown by Dirk on the previous several years,” Buccaneers owner/co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement. “Working with Dirk has been a joy and we need him and his family all the finest from the long run. Our hunt for a new head coach will begin immediately and you will be conducted by General Manager Jason Licht.”
Licht will spearhead the team’s coaching search along with Jed Hughes of this search business Korn-Ferry, ” a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Korn-Ferry has functioned with all the Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars on current coaching searches.
The Buccaneers started 2-0 in 2013 with backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick directing them to wins over the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. However, the Bucs would endure three goes using at least three direct declines while the team bounced back and forth between Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston because the beginning.
“There’s no’deserve’; there’s nothing as’deserve’ from the NFL,” Koetter said Sunday earlier news of the dismissal. “Numbers are fine, but this is really a winning match. I have been fired earlier and I have been hired previously, and that I know this: If you look your self at the mirror by the close of the day and know you did everything you could, then I have got no trouble holding my head up”
In 2016, Koetter’s first year at Tampa Baythat he directed the Bucs to a 9-7 record — their first winning season since 2010 — which comprised a five-game win streak with the team missing the playoffs.
The Bucs went 511 at 2017, but ownership felt that Winston’s shoulder injury and players revealing slow through several one-score games had been enough to warrant Koetter’s reunite.
In his first season with the Bucs as offensive coordinator under Lovie Smith at 2015, Koetter helped Tampa Bay into a topfive offensive ranking. At the moment, the company had concerns that Koetter, who had attracted interest as a head-coaching offender, would be enticed away.
They were pleased with his development of Winston, the first complete draft pick from 2015. That eventually got Koetter a promotion to head coach later Smith was fired, even though Smith’s defense getting a top-10 ranking in several statistical categories and improving from 214 into 6 10.
Inspite of the franchise’s history of losing (that the Bucs are 260-415-1 alltime ), the Glazer family indicates little patience for this. The previous two head coaches — Smith and Greg Schiano — were both fired after two seasons, also Raheem Morris was outside after three.
Jon Gruden, that travelled 7-9 and 5-11 in 2003 and 2004 — only after the Bucs’ only Super Bowl win in 2002 — is the only coach to have already been retained with the Glazers despite record-breaking shedding seasons.
Earlier this season, the Bucs fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith after the defense surrendered more than 400 yards for the 20th time in 37 games.