There’s a lot I would change about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this year, but it all comes down to winning games. There’s no one root cause to the Bucs’ terrible 4-10 record: they’ve had a lot of injuries, but they also lack talent on defense, their offensive line struggled, the coaching has been lackluster at best, they missed too many kicks early in the season (again), and they had some bad luck at the end of games.
Changing one of those things would not have gotten the Bucs’ enough wins to go anywhere, and that’s ultimately what this game is about: winning games. With the Bucs not having been to the playoffs in a decade, I’d take any kind of playoff berth right now—doesn’t really matter how, doesn’t really matter who’s responsible, just get the team in there for once.
That’s easier said than done, of course, which is why the Glazers will have to make some hard decision next month. If they think it’s mostly coaching, Dirk Koetter’s gotta go—but they haven’t exactly been great at finding quality coaches, anyway. If they think it’s injuries, they can wait it out and hope they’re luckier next year. If they think it’s a lack of talent at key positions, Jason Licht’s responsible for that—and he’ll probably get the offseason to correct those mistakes.
If the Glazers think it’s a mix of all these things, though, which is probably the correct answer, then there’s no one thing they can change. Or even a host of things, really. And then, they may just stick with Dirk Koetter and hope some better injury luck, offseason additions and steady improvements from key players will get them to the next level.
Honestly, though, I don’t care how they do it. I just want the Bucs to win.