Tampa Bay Buccaneers will retain Dirk Koetter as head coach

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Carolina Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Carolina Panthers

But he'll remain as the Bucs' head coach, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

The Buccaneers won't be giving the quick hook to a second consecutive head coach after only two seasons.

After stints as the head coach of Boise State (98-00) and Arizona State (01-06), Koetter broke into the National Football League as the offensive coordinator of Jaguars in 2007.

But, just two years removed from a 9-7 record in his first season as a head coach, Koetter gets a reprieve from the Glazer family, which has been known to make rash coaching decisions in the past. While the Panthers allowed multiple big plays to the Buccaneers, Carolina's defense held Tampa Bay to a handful of field goal opportunities. Despite a nine-year layoff, Gruden has been putting together a staff behind the scenes and is serious about making a return. Koetter has been there since year one with Winston and should have an opportunity at a third season. The Bucs lost all three games Winston missed this season, and have now dropped five straight overall.

Rumors had circulated in recent weeks that ESPN analyst and former Bucs coach Jon Gruden would return to the team he helped win the Super Bowl in 2002.

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