By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN
Three years into his head coaching tenure, the Buccaneers have parted ways with head coach Dirk Koetter.
Their former offensive coordinator was promoted to Head Coach in 2016. The thought was that he and their draft pick, quarterback Jameis Winston would grow together and get this thing off the ground in Tampa.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work. Koetter’s tenure started off pretty well in 2016. The Buccaneers finished with a 9-7 record and 2nd in the division, Winston even made the Pro Bowl.
However, after that, things started not going so well.
In 2017, there was a disconnect, Winston wasn’t progressing, and they finished with a 5-11 record. At the start of the 2018 season, there were glimpses of what could have been.
Winston had been suspended 4 games, and back up QB, and Harvard graduate, Ryan Fitzpatrick was doing amazing things. He threw for 8 TDs and over 800 yards in the first 2 games, including a win over defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Fitzpatrick was named the starter, but the team quickly came back down to Earth, going on to lose 7 of the next 8 games. For the 2nd year in a row, they finished the season 5-11.
Well, what does that mean now for the team?
First and foremost, the Buccaneers announced that Jameis Winston will be back for the 2019 season.
Buccaneers intend to bring back Jameis Winston as their starting QB in 2019, per sources.https://t.co/Z7ywEBLuq2
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 30, 2018
The Bucs will also have wide receiver, Mike Evans, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Levonte David to work with as well. The parts are mostly there. They need to add a few more positions in the draft, such as offensive lineman, a running back, and a good secondary player.
But who could the right coach be? According to some, former coach Bruce Arians really likes Winston, and that could be a good fit. There’s also former head coach Mike McCarthy who, outside of the past 2 seasons, has been remarkable in Green Bay. Though, having a QB named Aaron Rodgers doesn’t hurt either.
I could be wrong, but I think if they get the right coach, and are able to coach up Jameis Winston, watch out. That team could be a force to be reckoned with.
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