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.