Don’t Expect Bucs Coach Dirk Koetter to Give Up the Play Calling Duties in 2017

While he admitted there was a number of mistakes in play calls from a season ago, it doesn’t sound like Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter will be giving up calling plays anytime soon.

The Bucs coach led the team to a 9-7 mark and they were in the playoff hunt up until the last week of the season, and you could tell there was progress for the young team this past season. Many sites, like sbobetasia feel the Buccaneers are a team that can win 9-11 games in 2017.

Koetter can get some advice from others on staff like offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian, but at the end of the day, it seems more and more like he’s going to be the one that makes the calls on the field for the Bucs, win or lose.

The coach was recently asked how long he has till he makes the play calling decision. “Until Sept. 10 next year,” Koetter said. “I have that long.”

Despite stating that, he was also quick to say he’s going to try to learn from 2016 mistakes, and make improvements for this next season as the Bucs look to challenge the Atlanta Falcons for the top spot in the division.

“I made plenty of mistakes, and I’m going to do better next year, I promise you,” Koetter said.

Last season the Bucs ran 1066 plays, averaging 5.2 yards per play. Not bad, but the team will have to do better if they want to be at the top of the NFL.

Take for example the Falcons, the NFC representative in the Super Bowl, and this past season they put up 6.7 yards per play, the best in the NFC and the entire NFL for that matter.

With another season of growth for quarterback Jameis Winston, the team should be able to get that offensive number up to six yards per game, a number it seems they are going to need to get to in order to make a long playoff run.

They also need a better and injury free season from running back Doug Martin, who was given a contract before the start of last season, one that makes him one of the higher paid running backs in the league.

Let’s see if Dirk Koetter can indeed figure out his mistakes, and make sure that the team will be able to make those advances in order to be one of the best teams in the league.

Buccaneers Activate RB Charles Sims for Matchup Against Saints

Charles Sims

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have activated running back Charles Sims from injured reserve, meaning he is eligible to face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Sims, the team’s third-down running back, had been on IR since Oct. 10, after injuring his knee against the Broncos. He returned to practice prior to Tampa Bay’s Week 11 game, with his 21-day practice period concluding this week.

Before the injury, Sims had seen action in four games (starting two), rushing 41 times for 116 yards and a touchdown. A viable contributor in the short-passing game, Sims also caught 14 passes for 112 yards and a TD.

Last year, he had 1,090 combined rushing and receiving yards and four touchdowns.

What if the Buccaneers Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

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Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Bucs will look like made in the likeness of Trump!

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Buccaneers Win 4th Straight; Top Chargers in San Diego 28-21

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v San Diego Chargers

Jameis Winston threw a go-ahead, 12-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Brate midway through the fourth quarter and Keith Tandy intercepted Philip Rivers in the end zone with 2:56 left to give the Buccaneers their fourth straight victory, 28-21 victory against San Diego on Sunday.

Rivers had the Chargers on the move in the final minutes before Tandy got in front of a pass to Dontrelle Inman and picked it off.

Tandy’s momentum carried him into the end zone, giving the Bucs the ball on their 20. They were able to run out the clock.

The Bucs (7-5) pulled into a tie with Atlanta atop the NFC South.

Tampa Bay benefited from a short punt by Drew Kaser to start the winning drive on their 46. Winston found Brate for the TD on the fourth play of the drive, and then hit Mike Evans on a conversion pass for a 28-21 lead.

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Buccaneers Stuff Seahawks in Statement 14-5 Win

Seattle Seahawks v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston threw a pair of touchdown passes to Mike Evans and Tampa Bay’s rejuvenated defense shut down Russell Wilson and Seattle’s sputtering offense to beat the first-place Seahawks 14-5 on Sunday.

Evans scored on receptions of 3 and 23 yards in the opening quarter, a grieving Alterraun Verner had one of two interceptions off Wilson, and the Bucs sacked the Seattle quarterback six times.

The Bucs (6-5) have won three straight to climb back into contention for a playoff berth. In addition to stopping Seattle’s three-game winning streak, they remained one game behind first-place Atlanta in the NFC South.

Playing two days after the death of his father, Verner picked off Wilson to stop a promising drive in the final minute of the opening half. The reserve cornerback was embraced on the sideline by teammates, who continued to play inspired defense in the second half.

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Buccaneers Make a Statement; Top Chiefs in Arrowhead 19-17

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs

Jameis Winston sliced up a Kansas City defense missing top cornerback Marcus Peters, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held on for a 19-17 victory Sunday that snapped the Chiefs’ five-game winning streak.

Winston threw for 331 yards to help set up four field goals by Roberto Aguayo, and hit tight end Robert Cross for a touchdown with just over 6 minutes left to give the Buccaneers (5-5) a cushion.

The Chiefs (7-3) marched swiftly downfield, and Alex Smith hit Albert Wilson with a short touchdown pass with just over 2 minutes left. But their defense couldn’t stop Mike Evans on third-and-3 just moments later, and the big wide receiver’s sixth reception gave the Buccaneers a first down.

By the time Kansas City finally forced a punt, there was 8 seconds left in the game.

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Buccaneers at Chiefs NFL Week 11 Inactives

Buccaneers: QB Ryan Griffin, OL Kevin Pamphile, OL Evan Smith, RB Jacquizz Rodgers, OT Leonard Wester, DT Sealver Siliga, DT John Hughes

Chiefs: CB Marcus Peters, WR Jeremy Maclin, RB Bishop Sankey, QB Tyler Bray, OL Mike Person, DL Jaye Howard, LB Dadi Nicolas

Buccaneers Roll Past Bears 36-10 to Improve to 4-5

Chicago Bears v Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston kept retreating toward his own goal line, seemingly in disregard for the best interests of the Buccaneers.

The second-year quarterback often is at his best when he’s improvising, though, and the first overall pick from the 2015 draft kept scrambling into the end zone and back out before heaving a 38-yard completion to Mike Evans.

The play started at his own 23 and ended at the Chicago 38, where Evans made a leaping catch. On the next play, Winston threw his second TD pass in a 36-10 rout of the Bears on Sunday.

“That’s Jameis making plays,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said, though that hardly crossed the coach’s mind while Winston was heading the wrong way with the Bucs clinging to a seven-point lead early in the third quarter.

“Throw it away. Throw it away. Do anything. Don’t take a safety,” Koetter recalled himself thinking.

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