We’re a quarter of the way through the 2016 NFL season, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...well....they kind of suck. That is not a good thing, especially not for a head coach who was just promoted because he was supposed to make some kind of immediate impact.
That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s done a bad job, because a lot of different things go into winning or losing games. But it’s certainly not an auspicious start. So let’s look at how well he’s done so far.
On the one hand, the Bucs are 1-3, the offense doesn’t actually look any better than last year, and neither does the defense. Jameis Winston is still throwing too many interceptions, the running game is absent, and while the defense has received a talent-injection, it’s also trash.
On the other hand, there are many injuries, and there’s only so much you can do in an offseason’s work. The Bucs overhauled the entire defensive coaching staff, and there are always going to be some mismatches between personnel and staff after a changeover like that. He’s not really responsible for personnel, either. And Jameis Winston’s interception are an issue, but is that something we can fault Koetter for?
I’m not sure, and I’m of two minds about Koetter’s performance so far — mostly I’m hoping it’ll improve over the next weeks. You know, so the Bucs can at least pretend to be competitive this year.
So I’m asking you: how would you grade Dirk Koetter’s performance this year?