Can Dirk Koetter Lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Playoffs?

"To the fans: I hope you're with me and with Jason and with the Glazers when we tell you that this franchise is heading in the right direction," Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. He will remain the playcaller and expects to retain most of the coaching staff. AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to head coach. The Buccaneers keep continuity with the offense by hiring Koetter as head coach.

The Buccaneers were improving with former head coach Lovie Smith, but now the pressure is on Koetter to keep this team trending in the right direction and increasing its win total. “We already have a really good nucleus of football players on this team. This team is headed in the right direction. I don’t think there’s a man in that locker room that doesn’t think we have the talent to make the playoffs,” stated Koetter.

The offense has pieces in place with young franchise quarterback Jameis Winston having one of the best seasons statistically for a rookie quarterback. The offense also returns a young offensive line along with Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and likely Doug Martin.

In order for the Buccaneers to improve, the defense must be rebuilt. Former Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith has a project on the defensive side of the football and general manager Jason Licht must help add pieces to a defense that already includes linebacker Lavonte David and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

General manager Jason Licht is excited about this hire as he stated, “I’ve been around some real good ones, and I saw the common threads of those guys…Every coach is unique, but he’s got bits and pieces of all of them.” Licht has been apart of coaching searches with the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals in which he helped hire Bruce Arians.

The Buccaneers have potential for long term success with its current roster, but the team must add other pieces to the puzzle in order for Koetter to help lead this team back to the playoffs.

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