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Bucs’ coach Dirk Koetter considers giving up play-calling duties

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The questions that coach Dirk Koetter has about the Tampa Bay Bucs starts, it turns out, with Dirk Koetter. A day after his team’s season-ending,17-16 victory over the Carolina Panthers, Koetter admitted that he was considering – just considering, mind you – surrendering his play-calling duties. “I’ve been thinking about it a lot,” Koetter said. “I am probably not ready to make any crazy announcements on any of that today because I think about a lot of stuff all the…

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Bucs hope to move Brees out of the way of their playoff dreams

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No quarterback has beaten the Tampa Bay Bucs as much as Drew Brees. Now, he has a chance to do it two times in three weeks in an effort to derail the team’s playoff hopes. Brees, the quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, is 14-7 against the Bucs and has won eight of the last nine meetings. Lifetime, he has a 96.1 rating against Tampa Bay. “Me and Drew (Brees) have a little personal rivalry because we train together, so…

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It’s December. Do you know where your Bucs are? (Hint: First place)

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It’s December, and the Tampa Bay Bucs matter. And when is the last time that happened? Do you count 2010, when the Bucs finished 10-6 but missed the playoffs? How about 2008, when they entered the last four games at 9-3 and lost four straight? How about 2007 when they made the playoffs (and were beaten in the first game). Or 2005, when they reached the playoffs (and lost in the first game). Or 2003, after the 2002 season, when…

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Now, more than ever, the Bucs are Jameis Winston’s football team

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The defense is playing better. More receivers are getting open. The safeties have been very good. Punter Ryan Anger has been special. But for the Tampa Bay Bucs, the key is still quarterback Jameis Winston. “When Jameis takes care of the football, we’re tough,” said Bucs’ coach Dirk Koetter Wednesday. “We’ve got to take care of the football, that’s everybody. The main thing that we’re doing better in the last few weeks is we’re getting turnovers and we’re not turning…

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Bucs’ believe win over Seahawks could have been even bigger

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A day after the Tampa Bay Bucs’ biggest win in years, Dirk Koetter wanted more. Perhaps that says something about Koetter, who has guided the Bucs to a 6-5 record so far. But after his offense scored on its first two possessions against Seattle, Koetter was disappointed that more points didn’t come. “Those first two drives were really good execution and we have a ton of respect for what Seattle does on defense, one of the best and they have…

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Bucs’ Roberto Aguayo finally living up to his draft expectations

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Don’t look now — or maybe risk one eye — but THIS is the field goal kicker the Bucs thought enough of to draft in the second round. Maybe it’s hard for you to admit it, but Roberto Aguayo is on a hot streak. Yeah, yeah, early in the season, it was fashionable to doubt Aguayo, the rookie from Florida State. But Aguayo hit four field goals Sunday in a 19-17 victory over Kansas City, and the Bucs needed them all. In fact,…

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Taking care of the football will be key for Buccaneers versus Chiefs

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One of the reasons the Tampa Bay Bucs beat the Chicago Bears was takeaways. Now in come the Kansas City Chiefs, who excel at that part of the game. Kansas City leads the league in takeaways with 22, and in the takeaway-giveaway stats with plus-14. That means the Bucs will have to concentrate on not giving it away on Sunday. “When you watch the tape on these guys, especially their red zone tape, wow,” said Bucs’ Coach Dirk Koetter. “Inside the…

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