Dirk Koetter will be retained by Buccaneers in 2018

Dirk Koetter will be retained by Buccaneers in 2018

If less is more, then Jon Gruden is still a candidate to take over as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach.

The report cited Koetter's involvement in quarterback Jameis Winston's development as a key reason for Tampa Bay's faith in him. Informing him of their decision immediately.

Tampa Bay's previous two head coaches were fired after two seasons: Lovie Smith went 8-24 in 2014-15 and Greg Schiano went 11-21 in 2012-13. Despite a nine-year layoff, Gruden has been putting together a staff behind the scenes and is serious about making a return. Along with a young offensive line and quarterback who's finally showing increased consistency, the internal belief is likely that maintaining continuity with Koetter can produce a quick turnaround after a season that began with playoff aspirations will end with at least a four-win regression. Six of their last seven games have been decided by one score with Tampa Bay going 1-5 in those contests.

"Dirk has been here (since) my first year, " Winston said.

Injuries also were a major factor in the record this season. Tampa Bay has drafted only two defensive linemen in the past four years and are last in the National Football League with 20 sacks this season. He missed three games this season with ac joint sprain in his throwing shoulder.

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