Most NFL head coaches tend to keep quiet when questions about their job status are raised in post-game press conferences. But Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter apparently isn’t like most NFL coaches.
Following a heart-breaking 34-32 loss that saw the Buccaneers blow a 17-point lead and then overcome an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter, Koetter was asked about his job status.
He replied that there would be an 11 a.m. meeting with the players on Monday, and said, “Maybe I will be there.”
That was all NFL insider Ian Rapoport needed to know to get the picture on Koetter’s job status.
Um, well. That says it all. https://t.co/bGZrg6EqVZ
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 30, 2018
Koetter replaced Lovie Smith as head coach of the Buccaneers in 2016 and promptly led the team to a 9-7 record, their first winning season since 2010.
But the team regressed the following year, falling to 5-11 in 2017.
With their loss to the Falcons today, the 2018 Buccaneers finished with an identical 5-11 record.
In the middle of the season, the Buccaneers relieved defensive coordinator Mike Smith of his duties.