It will not be "Welcome Back, Koetter" for the 2019 season in Tampa.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly have fired head coach Dirk Koetter, who completed his third season with a 34-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, NFL Network reported. It was the fourth loss in a row and the 11th in 14 games after the Bucs opened the season 2-0 with surprising wins over the Saints and Eagles.
Over three seasons, Koetter's record was 19-29 for a .395 win percentage, which is just above the franchise's all-time (and NFL-worst) .385 mark since the club started playing games in 1977. The Bucs have only two winning seasons in the past decade and last made the postseason following the 2007 season.
The status of general manager Jason Licht remains unclear.
The Bucs reportedly have decided to bring back QB Jameis Winston for a fifth season, so whoever gets this job will first be tasked with trying to get the most out of the former No. 1 overall selection in 2019.
And that next head coach might have a name whom fans recognize. According to multiple reports, the Bucs ownership might be willing to spring for a big-name, established coach. Will the Bucs be going after a Harbaugh — either Michigan's Jim or the Ravens' John?
Fox's Jay Glazer reported Sunday that the Glazer family spoke with Jim Harbaugh last year, so it would not be surprising to see them take another stab at the Michigan head coach whose tenure there has been disappointing.
ESPN's Adam Schefter also indicated that multiple teams might be willing to speak with the Ravens about John Harbaugh, even though Baltimore gave Harbaugh a strangely worded and oddly timed statement that the franchise would have him back in 2019 while the two sides worked on a long-term contract.
In last week's Pro Football Weekly podcast, we discussed the possibility of John Harbaugh being in demand from multiple teams and how his future in Baltimore remained murky. It likely would require compensation in the form of a trade, and there could be more than one team bidding for his services, so it's not clear if the Bucs would be willing to do that. The last time any franchise executed a coach trade, it was the Bucs landing Jon Gruden, who led Tampa Bay to its first and only Super Bowl title.
Jim Harbaugh spent four years as an NFL head coach with the San Francisco 49ers, compiling a record of 44-19-1 (a .695 win percentage). He reached three straight NFC championship games and one Super Bowl, with the 49ers losing in XLVII.
John Harbaugh, of course, beat his younger brother in that game. His head-coaching record with the Ravens is 103-72 (.589), with a 10-5 mark in the playoffs.