The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to deal with another bit of drama, it seems. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that quarterback Jameis Winston and head coach Dirk Koetter aren’t seeing eye-to-eye right now.
Rapoport claims that there’s some tension between the two, with Winston supposedly not feeling supported while he was dealing with his shoulder injury, and being miffed at the predictable (read: ineffective) offense.
When stuff like this leaks, you have to ask yourself: who is this coming from, and why? Certainly not from Dirk Koetter’s camp—if there’s any doubt that he can’t work with Winston, then the Bucs are always going to side with Winston.
There may genuinely be an issue with Winston and Koetter, and Winston’s camp is publicizing that to get rid of Koetter. Or, this may be the Glazers’ doing: it’s easier to get rid of a coach if the public’s convinced he can’t work with his quarterback. Or this is real, and well-reported by Ian Rapoport, who could easily have checked this with other people in the locker room.
The problem is: we can’t know, because all these reports are based on anonymous sources. And when that’s the case, we can’t really say anything substantive about the reality of the situation. Could there be tension between head coach and quarterback? Certainly—but winning fixes a lot of things, and there’s really no reason to believe that Koetter and Winston won’t be able to work well together next season.
Ultimately, none of this much matters. The Glazers will decide to keep or fire Dirk Koetter based largely on his performance over the season as a whole. If he can win a couple more games, he’s probably safe. If he loses all four remaining games, he’s probably gone. And reports of tension in the locker room won’t change much about that reality.