Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2nd NFC South (9-7-0)

Founded: 1976

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium

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  • D-Jax: Winston has 'determination to be great'

    Now that DeSean Jackson calls Tampa home, the former Eagles and Redskins star made it clear how much he values Jameis Winston, his new signal-caller.
  • Folk on Bucs kicker battle: 'I have a family to feed'

    Could a reality-TV level drama between Robert Aguayo and Nick Folk be brewing in Tampa Bay? Dan Hanzus explains why Folk didn't come to the Buccaneers to make friends.
  • Bucs GM says Aguayo 'wasn't very good' in 2016

    After a rookie season during which Roberto Aguayo went a league-worst 22 of 31 on field goals, Bucs management responded over the weekend by signing Nick Folk as training camp competition.
  • D-Jax signs 3-year, $33.5M pact with Bucs

    Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston got his wish. Veteran receiver DeSean Jackson signed with Tampa Bay, giving the Bucs a major splash in free agency on offense.
  • Glennon could fetch $15M per year, prefers to play in Chicago

    As the NFL glides into the first day of free agency negotiations, Mike Glennon could be only days away from landing a starting QB salary. Where will he end up and how much will he make?
  • William Gholston signs five-year Bucs contract extension

    Defensive end William Gholston signed a five-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday. Locking down Gholston was an offseason priority for the team.
  • Glennon could land with Bears, Jets

    Mike Glennon is set to hit free agency next week. Even though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would love to have him back, two teams have already emerged as potential landing spots.
  • Bucs: No decision on RB Martin yet

    Bucs GM Jason Licht and coach Dirk Koetter decided against making any definitive statements regarding the future of Doug Martin in Tampa Bay. With quite a few names on the market at running back, will the Bucs dismiss Martin?
  • Big catch released: Bucs cut CB Verner

    Tampa Bay has released a one-time free-agent catch. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Bucs are cutting corner Alterraun Verner on Thursday, which the Bucs later confirmed.
  • Jameis Winston: I made a 'poor word choice' during talk with kids

    Jameis Winston says he "used a poor word choice" while speaking to a group of elementary school students in St. Peterburg, Florida, on Wednesday.
  • Winston: 'I would love to have' DeSean Jackson

    Jameis Winston is recruiting DeSean Jackson, saying Wednesday that he would love to play with the free-agent wideout. Do the Buccaneers have a chance to sign Jackson away from the Redskins?
  • Ready for the Pro Bowl?

    The NFL's best will once again compete in the traditional AFC vs. NFC game on Sunday. Can Dak Prescott break a record with a Cowboys-heavy team? Here's what we're watching for.
  • Bucs, Mike Smith agree to extension

    Despite dipping his toes in a few open head-coaching vacancies around the league, Mike Smith has decided to remain on ship in Tampa. The Buc defensive coordinator has agreed to a multi-year extension.
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Rd 2, Pick 18 (50)  
Rd 3, Pick 20 (84)  
Rd 4, Pick 19 (125)  
Rd 5, Pick 18 (162)  
Rd 6, Pick 20 (204)  
Rd 7, Pick 19 (237)  
Scoreboard more
Raymond James Stadium - Wk 17 1 2 3 4 T
Carolina Panthers 7 0 3 6 16
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 0 7 7 17
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
12 Sun, Nov 27 Seattle 14-5   W
13 Sun, Dec 04 @ San Diego 28-21   W
14 Sun, Dec 11 New Orleans 16-11   W
15 Sun, Dec 18 @ Dallas 20-26   L
16 Sat, Dec 24 @ New Orleans 24-31   L
17 Sun, Jan 01 Carolina 17-16   W
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Injuries more
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Postseason Leaders more
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Transactions more
Date Transaction
3/20 John Lunsford (K) Waived, No Recall (waived, no recall).
3/20 Nick Folk (K) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
3/17 Joe Hawley (C) Unrestricted Free Agent Signing (unrestricted free agent signing).
3/16 J.J. Wilcox (DB) Unrestricted Free Agent Signing (unrestricted free agent signing).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Atlanta 11 5 0 .688
Tampa Bay 9 7 0 .563
New Orleans 7 9 0 .438
Carolina 6 10 0 .375

Head Coach more

Dirk Koetter

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Dirk Koetter was named the 11th head coach in franchise history on January 15, 2016. He is in his second season with the team, after serving as offensive coordinator in 2015.

In his first season with Tampa Bay (2015), Koetter helped pilot one of the most successful offenses in the NFL and one of the best in team history. The team set the franchise record for total yards (6,014 – 357.0 per game), while posting the second-most rushing yards (2,162 – 135.1 per game) and second-most passing yards (3,852 – 240.8 per game), along with the fifth-most total points (342 – 21.4 per game). Tampa Bay ranked fifth in the NFL in yards per game (375.9), fifth in rushing yards per game (135.1) and second in the league in rush average (4.75). It marked the first time in franchise history that the Buccaneers have finished in the Top five in total offense.

Much of Tampa Bay’s offensive success in 2015 came at the hands of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, who accounted for 28 total touchdowns (22 passing, six rushing). Koetter also helped guide Winston to 4,042 passing yards, which were the second-most in a single season in team history and the third-most by a rookie in NFL history. Winston’s 22 passing touchdowns were tied for the fourth-most in a single season in team history and the fourth-most by a rookie in NFL history. His six rushing touchdowns and 28 combined touchdowns were the most in a single season by a Buccaneers quarterback, while his 28 total touchdowns were tied for the third-most by a rookie in NFL history.

Prior to Koetter’s arrival, the Buccaneers ranked 29th in rushing and tied for 29th in sacks allowed in 2014. This past season, under Koetter’s guidance, the unit completed an impressive turnaround. Despite starting two rookies on the offensive line, Tampa Bay still managed to block for the NFL’s second-leading rusher (Doug Martin – 1,402 yards) and tied for the fourth-fewest sacks in the league. While Martin was a large part of the team’s success running the ball, he was aided by running back Charles Sims, who totaled 1,090 scrimmage yards (107 rushes for 529 yards, 51 catches for 561 yards). Sims averaged 6.9 yards per touch, the most by any player in the NFL with at least 150 touches since 2011 (Darren Sproles in 2011, 7.6 avg.). Martin and Sims’ combined 2,566 yards from scrimmage were the most by a running back duo in the NFL in 2015 and set a franchise record for backfield teammates.

Koetter also played a key role in revamping the Buccaneers’ passing game. Part of the team’s success passing the ball came from targeting top wide receiver Mike Evans, who caught 74 passes for 1,206 yards. His 1,206 yards are the seventh-most in a single season in team history and stood as the 11th-most in the league last season. Sims’ 561 receiving yards were the fourth-most by a running back in the NFL in 2015, while his four receiving touchdowns set a franchise record and tied for the second-most in the league by a running back.

Koetter joined the Buccaneers after three seasons working as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons (2012-14). During his three seasons with Atlanta, the team cumulatively ranked second in the NFL in completion percentage (67.4), third in third-down conversion percentage (44.1), fourth in passing yards (277.2 per game), ninth in passing touchdowns (86), ninth in passer rating (93.9), 10th in points (24.0 per game) and 10th in total yardage (363.5 per game), while posting the second-fewest penalties (243) and penalty yards (2,043), seventh-fewest turnovers (69) and the ninth-lowest interception percentage (2.4) in the league. Koetter was part of the Falcons staff that went 13-3 in 2012 and played in the NFC Championship Game.

Under Koetter, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan posted the three of the four highest passing yardage seasons in franchise history, as well as three of the five highest completion percentage seasons. In 2012, Ryan set franchise records and personal bests in passing yards (4,719), completion percentage (68.6) and passing touchdowns (32), while recording the second-highest passer rating mark in Falcons history (99.1). Atlanta wide receivers also flourished under Koetter, with Julio Jones setting a franchise record and ranking third in the NFL in receiving yards in 2014 with 1,593 yards. In those three seasons, the Falcons had a different player lead the team in receiving yards each season (Roddy White, 2012; Harry Douglas, 2013; Jones, 2014).

While Koetter was in charge of the Falcons’ offense, he coached three players to Pro Bowl appearances (Julio Jones, 2012, 2014; Tony Gonzalez, 2012-13; Matt Ryan, 2012), with Gonzalez earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2012. In his first season with Koetter in 2012, Gonzalez set a franchise record for receiving yards by a tight end, recording 93 catches for 930 yards – the most he had recorded in either category since 2008. That same season, Jones and White combined for 2,549 receiving yards, the most by a duo in the NFL.

Prior to joining the Falcons, Koetter spent five seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2007-11). In his five years with the Jaguars, the team cumulatively ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards (132.0 per game) and sixth in rushing average (4.41). Koetter’s Jacksonville offenses also showed a penchant for taking care of the football, tallying the seventh-fewest turnovers in the league during that time.

Koetter had immediate success in Jacksonville, with his 2007 team setting franchise records in points (25.7 per game, sixth in the NFL) and total offense (357 yards per game, seventh in the NFL). In his first season as the starter, quarterback David Garrard ranked third in the NFL and set a franchise record in passer rating (102.2), throwing a league-low three interceptions, while leading the team to a Wild Card playoff berth and a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2008, Garrard threw for a career-best 3,620 yards and in 2010 he tossed 23 touchdowns, a career high and a franchise record.

While with the Jaguars, Koetter coached four different players to six Pro Bowl selections, including running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who earned three trips to the Pro Bowl and led the NFL in rushing in 2010 en route to earning an All-Pro selection. Koetter also helped tight end Marcedes Lewis earn a Pro Bowl berth following the 2010 season, when Lewis caught 10 touchdown passes, then tied for the most in a season in Jaguars history.

Before joining the Jaguars, Koetter spent 22 years at the collegiate level, the final six as the head coach at Arizona State (2001-06). In his six seasons with the Sun Devils, Koetter led the team to four bowl games, posting a 40-34 record. Working as both the head coach and offensive coordinator, he helped Arizona State average nearly 30 points per game over six seasons, while ranking in the top 20 in the nation in passing offense in five of his six years. In addition, five of the six Sun Devil teams during Koetter’s tenure produced a 1,000-yard receiver and quarterbacks that threw for 20 or more touchdowns in five of six seasons.

Koetter’s first head coaching opportunity came at Boise State, where he spent three seasons (1998-2000), finishing with a 26-10 record and two consecutive bowl wins. He was a two-time Big West Coach of the Year and two-time conference champion.

A native of Pocatello, Idaho, Koetter played collegiately at Idaho State (1978-81), helping his team to a Division I-AA national championship as a senior. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and earned a master’s in athletic administration a year later. After getting his master’s, he became the head coach at Highland (Idaho) High School, where he worked from 1983-84, going 19-4 and winning the 1984 state championship.

In 1985, Koetter worked as the offensive coordinator at San Francisco State and from 1986-88 was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Texas El-Paso. He then served as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Missouri from 1989-93 and offensive coordinator at Boston College (1994-95) and Oregon (1996-97).

Koetter, 57, and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Kaylee and Kendra, and two sons, Derek and Davis.

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  1. Published: Jan. 1, 2017 at 03:55 p.m.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston throws a perfect ball to WR Mike Evans for a go-ahead TD.

  2. Published: Jan. 1, 2017 at 03:36 p.m.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Keith Tandy intercepts Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton for the second time today.

  3. Published: Jan. 1, 2017 at 02:46 p.m.

    Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton gets intercepted by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes who returns it for a touchdown.

  4. Published: Jan. 1, 2017 at 02:09 p.m.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Keith Tandy picks off Cam Newton deep down field.

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