By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to sources, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to fire head coach Dirk Koetter. His final game with the team will be on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Koetter has been the team’s head coach for the past three seasons. He has gone 19-28 as the Buccaneers head coach.
The 59-year-old Pocatello, Idaho native has guided the team to a 5-10 record this season. If they lose on Sunday to the Panthers, the team would have back-to-back 5-11 seasons.
This is the second straight year that Koetter’s job status has been called into question. He survived last year, but is expected to receive the pink slip this time around.
The Buccaneers have struggled defensively this season. Koetter even fired former Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith mid-season.
The team also juggled quarterbacks between Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick all season.
The Buccaneers fired Lovie Smith to hire promote Koetter to head coach. Since there was interest in Koetter for NFL head coaching jobs, the team made the move.
The belief was that hiring Koetter as head coach, it would continue Winston’s development. However, things have not worked out for the former No. 1 overall pick.
The Buccaneers began the season with a two-game win streak. They defeated the New Orleans Saints, 48-40, in the season-opener. The team then defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-21, on September 16th.
Tampa Bay then fell to 2-2 with back-to-back losses. The team lost 30-27 to the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 24th. Then, the Buccaneers were blown out 48-10 to the Chicago Bears on September 30th.
Following a bye week, the team fell to 2-3 with a 34-29 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on October 14th. The team won 26-23 in overtime to defeat the Cleveland Browns on October 21st.
The Bucs then fell to 3-7 with a four-game losing streak. The team was defeated 37-34 to the Cincinnati Bengals on October 28th. They also lost 42-28 to the Carolina Panthers on November 4th.
The team was defeated 16-3 to the Washington Redskins on November 11th. Tampa Bay also lost 38-35 to the New York Giants on November 18th.
Following the four-game losing streak, the Bucs went on a two-game win streak. They defeated the San Francisco Giants, 27-9, on November 25th. They also won 24-17 to the Panthers on December 2nd.
Since the two-game win streak, the team is presently on a three-game skid. They were defeated 28-14 to the Saints on December 9th.
They also lost 20-12 to the Baltimore Ravens on December 16th. They were defeated 27-20 to the Dallas Cowboys on December 23rd.
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