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Dirk Koetter will try to keep playcalling, Mike Smith

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The Bucs head coach wants to change as little as possible on the coaching side.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held their end-of-season press conferences, and one thing was clear from Dirk Koetter’s talk: he wants to keep things basically the same way they were this season, at least on the coaching side of things.

When asked about giving up playcalling, he said “that’s probably not going to happen.” So those hoping for a massive sea change in the way the games are called: no dice, probably. Not that that would necessarily have changed things—it’s not like Koetter hires coaches who approach the game in fundamentally different ways and would make vastly different decisions.

The same is true on defense, despite a pitiful performance there this season. If it’s up to Koetter, Mike Smith will return as the defensive coordinator. When asked about his coordinators returning the Bucs head coach said “I would think so, but one thing I have learned in my time is never say never.”

That’s not super clear, but the core was that he wants his coaching staff to remain the same. Some may leave for head coaching jobs, others may be forced out, but it seems like Koetter thinks the group he has now will be able to get it done, despite the dismal performance this season.

Of course, there’s one thing that can change all that: someone overruling Dirk Koetter and forcing him to change.