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Tampa Bay Bucs set to make Dirk Koetter their 11th head coach

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The Tampa Bay Bucs have a new boss.

Hopefully, he will fare better than the old one.

The Bucs have called a 2 p.m. press conference for today in which they are expected to promote offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to head coach. He will be the team’s fifth head coach in eight seasons, making Tampa Bay one of the most turnover-prone teams in the NFL.

The pressure will be on Koetter to improve upon the eight games the team has won over the past two years, but the pressure will be shared by the Glazers, who own the team, and Jason Licht, the general manager. Otherwise, the team will gather again in two seasons to make another change.

Koetter will be the 11th coach of the Bucs. Four of them have formerly been the head coach of another team, three have come from college, three from their own staff and one has been a coordinator from another team in the league.

Tampa Bay will select ninth in the upcoming draft.

Among the questions that Koetter has to answer are who his coordinators might be, whether he can repair the rifts of a team that still have loyalty to former coach Lovie Smith, whether the team can patch holes in its pass-rush and coverage, how it will address free agency and what it will do with unsigned Doug Martin.

Under Koetter, the Bucs’ offense improved greatly and the team finished fifth in total offense. However, it still struggled to match yardage with points.

Koetter is a former coach at Boise State and Arizona State, but he has no NFL head coaching experience.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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