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Ira Kaufman: Buccaneers bowed out of chase for Jon Gruden

The Buccaneers want everyone to believe that they never wanted to bring back Jon Gruden, and that they chose to keep coach Dirk Koetter based only on merit and expected improvement in 2018. Ira Kaufman of JoeBucsFan.com, who has covered the team for years, isn’t buying it. “That’s what you want to put out there [more]

Bucs feel they're headed in right direction under Koetter

Despite winning just five games and missing the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers feel they're progressing under Dirk Koetter        

Sean Payton & Dirk Koetter Had Words After Sunday’s Game (VIDEO)

On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Bucs ended their disappointing 2017 campaign with a win against the New Orleans Saints, but all of the drama happened after the game between opposing coaches. Dirk Koetter and Sean Payton had a postgame handshake that was extremely awkward where both men slapped each other’s chest hard, with Payton delivering […]

Sean Payton and Dirk Koetter's handshake after Saints vs. Buccaneers was not at all friendly

Looks like there’s not much love lost between these NFC South rivals. Postgame handshakes are usually pretty predictable. There’s the shake itself, maybe a one-armed hug, and a brief exchange of pleasantries. Sean Payton and Dirk Koetter...Show More Summary

Sean Payton, Dirk Koetter had words after Saints-Bucs game

After the Buccaneers beat the Saints on Sunday, coaches Dirk Koetter and Sean Payton had a postgame handshake that seemed to show there are still hard feelings over the ugly incident in the teams’ previous meeting. The two shook hands near midfield and smiled, but as they exchanged shoulder slaps they looked less like friends [more]

Dirk Koetter will keep his job, and Buccaneers players are happy about that

Jameis Winston was among players who voiced their support for Koetter. Among the Black Monday firings that will be taking place on New Year’s Day, Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter won’t be one of them. Despite a 5-11 season, the Glazer...Show More Summary

Adam Schefter declares “Jon Gruden is going to be the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders”

A whole cavalcade of “Jon Gruden returns to coaching” rumors haven’t panned out over the years, including the recent discussion of him likely taking over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (who kept Dirk Koetter instead), but Gruden’s ESPN colleague Adam Schefter is going to get very, very cold-taked if this last one doesn’t pan out. Show More Summary

Dirk Koetter thanks owners for having “courage” to keep him

There are five NFL head coaching jobs open at the moment, and a lot of people thought it was going to be six already. But the Buccaneers decided on Friday to keep Dirk Koetter, and he said after last night’s win over the Saints he was grateful for the chance to come back for a [more]

Report: Raiders to make a run at Jon Gruden

The reasons for the Buccaneers deciding to keep coach Dirk Koetter possibly are becoming clearer. They may have lost an unofficial bidding war for Jon Gruden’s other former team. ESPN, Gruden’s current employer, reports that the Raiders are preparing to make a run at Gruden. That connection alone mandates the application of skepticism to any [more]

Buccaneers reportedly will pass on Jon Gruden, give Dirk Koetter another year

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Dreaming about a return to Tampa for Jon Gruden? Wake up. The Buccaneers will reportedly keep Coach Dirk Koetter for another season, putting an end to another round of “Grumors.” The Glazer family, which has owned the team since 1995, decided Friday afternoon to retain Koetter for a third season, per the Tampa Bay Times, […]

Buccaneers news says plenty about what was going on behind the scenes

The headline is that Dirk Koetter will return for the Buccaneers in 2018. The clear implication is that Jon Gruden won’t be returning to the Buccaneers in 2018. Between the lines, there’s a lot more intrigue than that. The news, as leaked by the Buccaneers to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times late Friday [more]

Buccaneers will shockingly retain coach Dirk Koetter, ending Jon Gruden rumors

The Buccaneers have been a trainwreck in 2017, but they won't change directions in the offseason

Jay Gruden stays with Washington, and Jon Gruden won't be going to Tampa Bay

The Redskins will bring back Jay Gruden, and the Buccaneers will retain Dirk Koetter, according to separate reports.

Buccaneers still hope Dirk Koetter is the man to develop Jameis Winston

Winston's regression and an average defense raised questions about Koetter’s future, but he’s staying. Dirk Koetter's two-year stint as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coach has been mediocre at best. But he’ll remain as the Bucs’ head coach, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Koetter was the Buccaneers' offensive coordinator in 2015. Show More Summary

Report: Buccaneers tell Dirk Koetter he’s safe for 2018

The Buccaneers won’t fire Dirk Koetter after all. The Glazer family, owners of the Bucs, has informed Koetter that his job is safe and he will be the team’s coach in 2018, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Koetter is in his second season as Buccaneers head coach. After a promising start and [more]

Dirk Koetter calls speculation about his future a distraction

The Buccaneers have not had much success since firing Jon Gruden after the 2008 season. As speculation persists that Gruden could return to coaching, current Bucs coach Dirk Koetter’s future is in serious doubt. Koetter said Tuesday he has not had discussions with ownership about his future. “I do not have discussions with them about [more]

Scuttlebutt of Dirk Koetter for Jon Gruden swap persists

One week from today, the coaching carousel will go from dormant to high speed. And one of the various vacancies (there could be anywhere from eight to 10 total) could arise in Tampa, where a termination of Dirk Koetter would continue the team’s recent two-and-out trend. The current thinking is that G.M. Jason Licht will [more]

Dirk Koetter on Doug Martin benching: It’s behind us now

The Buccaneers put running back Doug Martin on the inactive list for Monday night’s game against the Falcons and announced before the game that the move resulted from a violation of team rules. Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter didn’t provide any information about the nature of the violation in his postgame press conference and said the [more]

T.J. Ward clears concussion protocol

Buccaneers safety T.J. Ward has cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol, coach Dirk Koetter said Friday. Ward will return to the lineup Sunday against the Falcons. Ward was diagnosed with a concussion during the team’s Week 12 game against the Falcons. He missed the past two games, losses to the Packers and Lions. Chris Conte replaced [more]

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