Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Speaking of the Bucs, they too had a leaky week. Reports surfaced that the relationship between Koetter and Jameis Winston was not terribly strong these days, with the quarterback feeling his coach did not fully have his back and that the offense had become stale and predictable.
Now, if you’re seeing that at home, where do you think from whence that story originated? A smart reader might assume it came from someone close to Winston’s camp, which might not hold a whole lot of water in the minds of the Bucs’ decision makers. That’s certainly possible.
But it’s also possible that the Buccaneers could be concerned about Koetter considering the primary reason he was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach, replacing Lovie Smith, is for Koetter to continue Winston’s positive development. It was considered a bit of a surprising hire at the time, although one rooted in some sense.
What then if the relationship is broken? Winston certainly has regressed this season, and though his shoulder injury must factored into that, there’s a bit of uneasiness about where he is, progress-wise, late in his third NFL season.
Just as damning is the fact that the Bucs are 4-9 in a season that began with a lot of hype. The moves the team made in the offseason were expected to push them into playoff contention, but they are a distant fourth in the best division in football.