Dirk Koetter seemed resigned to his fate.

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Dirk Koetter seemed resigned to his fate.

Postby liny195 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:47 am

The coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was fired Sunday night a little more than three hours after the Bucs concluded a disappointing season with a 34-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.Koetter was promoted from offensive coordinator to his first NFL head coaching position when Tampa Bay fired Lovie Smith in January 2016. He led the Bucs to a 9-7 record that year [url=http://www.buccaneerslockerroom.com/authentic-chris-conte-jersey]Womens Chris Conte Jersey[/url] , but followed up with consecutive 5-11 finishes.His successor will be the sixth coach will be the fifth coach the team has had since firing Jon Gruden after the 2008 season. The Bucs have missed the playoffs 11 straight seasons and haven’t won a playoff game since their Super bowl run under Gruden in 2002.“I’d love to finish out my contract, of course I would,” Koetter said during his postgame news conference.More Tampa Bay Buccaneers newsJameis Winston aims to realize potential under guidance of new Buccaneers coach Bruce AriansBuccaneers sign 5th overall selection LB Devin WhiteNdamukong Suh practices with Buccaneers for first time, dons customary No. 93 jerseyNdamukong Suh agrees to terms with Bucs, replaces 6-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoyBuccaneers release 6-time Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy after nine seasons“Whatever is going to happen is going to happen, and that’s just the way this business works,” he added. “If this is the last one for me, I appreciate the opportunity they gave me. It’s awesome to be a head football coach in the NFL. Coaching in the NFL period is awesome. It’s the best of the best.”The Bucs started 2-0 this year, and then lost 11 of 14 down the stretch, including four straight games to finish the season.Koetter, who had a 19-29 record, was dismissed after meeting with team ownership after the news conference.“We sincerely appreciate the hard work and commitment shown by Dirk over the past several years,” Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement.Glazer said general manager Jason Licht would begin the search for a new coach immediately.Koetter was asked if he believed he deserved to keep his job after constructing an offense that ranked among the league leaders this season, including No. 1 in passing yards.‘There is no such thing as deserve in the NFL,” he said. . Numbers are nice but this is a winning league. I’ve been fired before and I’ve been hired before. I know this, if look yourself in the mirror at end the day and know you did everything you could, then I’ve no problem holding my head up.”Licht, whose record since taking over as general manager five years ago is 27-53, apparently is keeping his job despite a spotty track record in the draft and free agency, where Tampa Bay has made numerous mistakes — especially in Licht’s effort to overhaul a porous defense.Defensive coordinator Mike Smith was fired in October with the Bucs yielding a NFL-high 34.6 points a game through the first six weeks of the season.The team also must decide this winter whether Jameis Winston is the team’s quarterback of the future. Koetter was named coach, in part, because of his relationship with the No. 1 overall pick from the 2015 draft [url=http://www.buccaneerslockerroom.com/authentic-lavonte-david-jersey]http://www.buccaneerslockerroom.com/authentic-lavonte-david-jersey[/url] , however Winston has not blossomed into the dominating quarterback the team envisioned him becoming under Koetter’s guidance.Winston, finishing his fourth season, is due to earn $20.92 million next season in the final year of the contract he signed as a rookie.“It’s an empty feeling when you lose, no matter how you lose. It was an up and down year and didn’t turn out how we wanted it to turn out,”” Winston said, adding he has not been told if he will return in 2019.Winston and other teammates continued to express support Koetter right up to the end.Receiver Mike Evans, who set a club single-season record for receiving yards this year, called playing for the former coach “awesome.”“The fans might put stuff on him. That’s how sports works. You look at the head coach, Evans said. “I’m very fortunate to have played for him. “He took my game to new heights.” With the No. 5 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Tampa Bay boosted its defense with a heck of an athlete. Here, we have three things you should know about him."All of the speculation is over. The Buccaneers have their guy. With the fifth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Tampa Bay selected linebacker Devin White out of LSU. The team’s interest in White had been reported on and documented thoroughly throughout the pre-draft process, though some mock drafts had others potentially being selected at No. 5. Still, most mocks had White as the pick.Sure enough, after Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams and Clelin Ferrell went in the first four picks, the Bucs selected White at No. 5. Feel however you want about it, but it’s not changing. Devin White is a Buc. Here are three things to know about the newest Tampa Bay linebacker:He LOVES horses. He has seven of them.There was probably a better way to lead this off. Wait, who am I kidding? No, there wasn’t. This is awesome. White’s love for horses is well-known by now, and why shouldn’t it be? His seven horses — including Ricky Bobby (his first) and Daisy Mae (his newest) — are his “children.” While he was at LSU [url=http://www.buccaneerslockerroom.com/authentic-mike-evans-jersey]http://www.buccaneerslockerroom.com/authentic-mike-evans-jersey[/url] , White kept Daisy Mae at a nearby stable in Baton Rouge, and family members took care of the other six back home in Springhill.White tends to his horses as a distraction from the rigors of football. From a January NCAA.com article: White even got to take Daisy Mae around LSU’s campus and inside Tiger Stadium back in November. And of course White got in on the craze surrounding Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” (more specifically, the remix that includes Billy Ray Cyrus):Don’t worry, ESPN’s Jenna Laine has already reported that three horses will be making their way to Tampa with the newest Buc. Daisy Mae, Overdrive and Taylor Mae are Bucs now too. White had an EXTREMELY decorated career at LSUOf course, the fact that White was drafted at No. 5 — as an inside linebacker, nonetheless — makes it obvious that he can flat-out play. But his success on the field at LSU was accompanied by a ridiculous number of accolades. In three years with the Tigers, the 6-foot, 237-pounder racked up 286 tackles (114 solo), 8.5 sacks, nine passes defended, one interception, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. Numbers don’t even tell the full story.In 2016, White was named to the SEC’s All-Freshman team by the conference’s coaches. That was just the start, as he went on to have a breakout year in 2017. As a team captain, he picked up 133 tackles (13.5 for loss) and 4.5 sacks, earning him team MVP honors. On top of that, he earned First-Team All-SEC honors and was a Second-Team All-American. Throughout the season, he earned four SEC Defensive Player of the Week Awards. In 2018, he was once again a team captain and once again earned team MVP honors. He won the Butkus Award, which is awarded to the nation’s top linebacker. Along with that, he was a First-Team All-American and a selection to the All-SEC First Team. White finished off his college career on a high note. Instead of sitting out the Tigers’ bowl game [url=http://www.buccaneerslockerroom.com/authentic-alex-cappa-jersey]http://www.buccaneerslockerroom.com/authentic-alex-cappa-jersey[/url] , he suited up in the purple and gold one last time. In LSU’s 40-32 Fiesta Bowl win over UCF, White totaled eight tackles, a pass defended and a forced fumble. White originally signed with LSU as a running backWhite played both linebacker and running back at North Webster High School in Springhill, Louisiana. According to 247Sports, he had 31 total scholarship offers coming out of high school. He picked LSU over the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma. All of those offers from elite programs aren’t surprising for a guy who is now an NFL linebacker. But according to his lsusports,net bio, White originally joined the Tigers as a running back. In his high school career, White rushed for 5,031 yards and 81 touchdowns. His transition to being a full-time linebacker in college was obviously a smooth one. Athletic ability was consistently one of the top “strengths” for White throughout the NFL Draft process, and he further proved at the NFL Scouting Combine that just because he’s no longer a running back doesn’t mean he’s lost his speed. He ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash, which was the best time of any linebacker in the class.White’s speed and overall athleticism make him a heck of a prospect, one that obviously caught the attention of Bucs general manager Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians. Growing up, White looked up to great NFL linebackers like Patrick Willis and Ray Lewis. Interestingly enough, Ed Orgeron — White’s coach at LSU — coached both Willis and Lewis. Coach O had this to say about White in comparison to the two NFL legends:That’s some high praise for White, who will look to make an immediate impact on the Buccaneer defense in 2019.You can find Devin White on Twitter at @DevinWhite_40. Take some time to congratulate him and welcome him to Tampa Bay.
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