Their O/U trends are 0-5 in their last 5 home games, 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. NFC South, and 5-11-1 in their last 17 games on the grass. The news that Koetter is coming back once again puts a halt to the rumors connecting Jon Gruden, the only coach to lead the Bucs to a Super Bowl, returning to Tampa.
Koetter is 13-18 in his two seasons as head coach but has been instrumental in the progress of third year quarterback Jameis Winston. Despite a nine-year layoff, Gruden has been putting together a staff behind the scenes and is serious about making a return. He played against the Carolina Panthers last week despite suffering a partially-torn bicep and will play Sunday in the season finale against the New Orleans Saints. It's well known that when this team is clicking on both sides of the ball they are a threat to any organization, but the victory against the Bucs showed that they can get a victory in the close and ugly games when it counts.
Koetter's status had been tenuous due to this season's disappointing performance.More news: Paige Possibly Injured At Tonight's Raw Live Event
"I think that combined with some balance in the running game has really helped him and probably an ally for every quarterback".
- After a 2-1 start to the season, the Buccaneers have gone 2-10. Many saw them as playoff contenders. The Bucs have seven starting quality players on injured reserve, including defensive end Noah Spence, who played in only three games before undergoing shoulder surgery. You just don't understand that relationship in that quarterback room. QB Drew Brees, one of three players in National Football League history with over 70,000 career passing yards, has thrown for 1,911 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions in his past seven games against division opponents.