Published: Sat, December 30, 2017
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Buccaneers To Retain Dirk Koetter For 2018

Buccaneers To Retain Dirk Koetter For 2018

The Buccaneers have seen enough from head coach Dirk Koetter to retain him for the 2018 season, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reports there's a "growing sense in league circles" Jon Gruden will return as the next coach of the Bucs.

Koetter's survival likely is tied directly to the second-half improvements of Jameis Winston. Due to that injur, y his passing yards and touchdown totals have fallen, but so has his interception percentage. When healthy, Winston had too many up-and-down performances and turnovers continued to be his biggest issue. Winston and Koetter have been together since Winston's first year in the NFL.

Police officers killed in shooting outside Egypt church
The church attack is part of a "ongoing crisis" in Egypt, said Omar Ashour, a professor of security studies at the Doha Institute. Pope Tawadros II says that since 2013 there have been 37 sectarian attacks on Christians in Egypt, almost one incident per month.

Jackson is under criminal investigation for a one-car accident on Christmas Eve, when an abandoned automobile registered in Jackson's name was found by authorities to have marijuana and two hollow-point bullets inside.

Still, the season was a disappointment for the Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers missed the playoffs for the tenth straight year, going 4-11 this season with Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints left. Under Koetter the coordinator, the Bucs offense ranked fifth in yards per game and 20th in points in 2014. Many factors attributed to a dismal 2017, which saw the Bucs lose five games in a row twice this season.

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