Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2nd NFC South (9-7-0)

Founded: 1976

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium

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Game Averages (2016)

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PTS
22.1(18th)
YDS
346.4(18th)
PASS YDS
245.4(16th)
RUSH YDS
101.0(24th)
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  • Bucs, Mike Smith agree to extension

    01/13/2017
    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.
  • Buccaneers sign punter Bryan Anger to 5-year, $17M extension

    12/31/2016
    The Year of the Punter is going out with a bang. With less than a day remaining before the new year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rewarded punter Bryan Anger with a new deal.
  • Doug Martin will enter treatment facility, suspended four games

    12/29/2016
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's drug policy and he is entering a treatment facility.
  • Koetter is mum on Martin's status for Week 17

    12/26/2016
    Bucs coach Dirk Koetter explained his decision to sit Doug Martin for Tampa Bay's 31-24 loss to the Saints, but refused to say if he would play against the Carolina Panthers.
  • Winston: I love math, but I trust heart

    12/21/2016
    Jameis Winston doesn't care about the math and percentages his team faces in order to get into the playoffs. All he cares about is his team's heart.
  • Bucs were welcome addition to 'SNF' stage

    12/19/2016
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers couldn't finish the job in their return to "Sunday Night Football", but Dan Hanzus explains why it was great seeing them play in the day's prime-time matchup.
  • Bucs knock off Saints to stay tied atop NFC South

    12/11/2016
    The Buccaneers (8-5) remain tied with the Falcons atop the NFC South after knocking off the Saints (5-8) at home. Here's what we learned from Tampa Bay's 16-11 win over New Orleans.
  • Buccaneers activate Sims

    12/10/2016
    The Buccaneers' backfield is fully stocked for the winter. Tampa Bay activated running back Charles Sims off of injured reserve on Saturday. He is expected to play against the Saints.
  • Defense propels Bucs into playoff position

    12/05/2016
    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers four-game win streak puts them tied atop the NFC South. The improved play of Mike Smith's defense has been the catalyst to the run.
  • NFL flexes Buccaneers-Cowboys on Dec. 18 to prime time slot

    12/04/2016
    Everyone knows the Cowboys sit atop the NFL as the league's best through 13 weeks. It appears the Buccaneers are also a hot ticket. Their Week 15 matchup has been flexed to 'Sunday Night Football.'
  • Bucs still have a Roberto Aguayo problem

    12/04/2016
    Roberto Aguayo missed a 31-yard field-goal attempt in the second quarter against the Chargers. He is now just 15-for-22 on the season, the worst success rate of any kicker in the league.
  • Evans beat Sherman early, sparking Bucs' big win

    11/28/2016
    Mike Evans gobbled up the majority of his yards with Richard Sherman in coverage in Sunday's big win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the Seattle Seahawks.
Draft 2017 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 19 (19)  
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
Player (Pos) Injury
No Injuries Reported
Postseason Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
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Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
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Transactions more
Date Transaction
1/13 Blake Sims (RB) Reserve/Future (reserve/future).
1/11 Myles White (WR) Reserve/Future (reserve/future).
1/10 Elijah Shumate (DB) Reserve/Future (reserve/future).
1/4 Kivon Cartwright (TE) Reserve/Future (reserve/future).
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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