Just hours after losing to the Atlanta Falcons in the season finale, 34-32, the Buccaneers have fired Head Coach Dirk Koetter.
After four seasons in Tampa Bay, three as head coach, Bucs Owner/Co-Chairman Joel Glazer announces they will begin looking for his replacement immediately.
“We sincerely appreciate the hard work and commitment shown by Dirk over the past several years. Working with Dirk has been a pleasure and we wish him and his family all the best in the future.” Glazer released in a statement.
The future of General Manager Jason Licht appears to be a little more certain for now. Glazer’s statement concluded with, “Our search for a new head coach will begin immediately and will be conducted by General Manager Jason Licht.”.
Koetter was hired in 2015 as Offensive Coordinator under, then Head Coach, Lovie Smith. Koetter was promoted to head duties in 2016 going (9-7) in his first year at the helm. However, in the final two years of his tenure Koetter finished with back to back (5-11) seasons bringing his head coaching record to (19-29) in three years.
The Bucs next coach will be their 6th head coach since the 2002 Super Bowl winning season.