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On Dirk Koetter’s press conference, and more.

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Texans GM Rick Smith takes leave of absence due to wife’s cancer - SBNation.com
The Texans’ general manager is stepping away from the team for 2018.

NFL coach firings: Denver Broncos won’t fire Vance Joseph after 1 season - SBNation.com
Joesph couldn't get much out of the offense, but he’ll get a second season in Denver

Bears fired John Fox after 3 disastrous seasons - SBNation.com
Chicago was showing signs of progress, but that wasn’t enough to save its coach.

NFL Black Monday: What is it and what to expect when it comes in 2018 - SBNation.com
The NFL’s coaching carousel is underway.

Ravens have missed the playoffs the past 2 seasons on losses to rivals - SBNation.com
The Steelers and Bengals have made life in Baltimore tough in December.

Tom Brady’s social media might not be as masterminded as I once thought - SBNation.com
Some internet sleuthing leads to some interesting discoveries.

Bruce Arians gave a tear-jerking goodbye to Cardinals in locker room - SBNation.com
To keep quiet for an entire night shows the amount of respect the players have for Arians.

Packers GM Ted Thompson transitioning to new role, team will hire replacement - SBNation.com
Thompson spent 13 seasons as the general manager of the Packers.

Saints vs. Buccaneers: Watch Sean Payton and Dirk Koetter’s aggressive handshake - SBNation.com
Looks like there’s not much love lost between these NFC South rivals.

Bengals sent the Bills to the playoffs, and 6 more things we loved from Week 17 - SBNation.com
A lot of players got hit in the face.

NFL playoffs 2018: Bracket, schedule, scores, and more - SBNation.com
The road to the Super Bowl begins with the Wild Card round on Jan. 6-7.

Raiders are as ugly in success as in failure - SBNation.com
The failures of the 2017 Raiders can guide their future.

Bills fans thank Andy Dalton for playoff bid with $17 donations - SBNation.com
Dalton played a huge role in getting the Bills to the playoffs for the first time in 17 years.

2018 NFL mock draft: What happens if Josh Rosen says no to the Browns? - SBNation.com
Cleveland might make for some extra drama at the top.

Watch: Jameis Winston Press Conference
QB Jameis Winston spoke to the media on Monday.

5 Standouts vs. New Orleans
The Bucs created their own fireworks on New Year’s Eve as there was no shortage of notable performances during their 31-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Raiders fired Jack Del Rio so they could pursue Jon Gruden to replace him - SBNation.com
After three seasons, Jack Del Rio's time in Oakland is up.

Watch: Press Conferences, January 1
Members of the Bucs spoke to the media on Monday.

Bucs Want Brent Grimes to Return
Veteran CB Brent Grimes, whose two-year contract with the Bucs is up in March, will take some time in the coming weeks to decide if he wants to come back with the team in 2018

4 Things We Learned From One Buc 1-1 | Pewter Report
in the final locker room session and press conference of the 2017 season, we learned a lot from Dirk, Jameis and a few other key players.

Jameis Winston reminds Bucs in final moments why future can be bright - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Jameis Winston went off script in the final seconds against the Saints, found Chris Godwin for the winning TD and showed what he can be when right.

Koetter won’t give up play-calling in 2018, no plans to change staff - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Buccaneers' head coach said relinquishing playcalling duties "is probably not going to happen," but he acknowledged improvements are needed.

Sean Payton brings up Week 9 fight during exchange with Dirk Koetter - New Orleans Saints Blog- ESPN
That awkward postgame handshake between Sean Payton and Dirk Koetter wasn't as friendly as it might have looked.

Despite a NFL-worst defense and trouble scoring points, Bucs’ Koetter doesn’t expect coaching staff shake up
When Bucs coach Dirk Koetter addressed players for the final time Monday morning, he acknowledged they had fallen short of their expectations

Mutual interest in Brent Grimes returning to Bucs at 35 in 2018
Brent Grimes is 34, but he isn't feeling his age and isn't showing his age, so the veteran cornerback likes the idea of returning next year at 35

Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter defends play of Donovan Smith, offensive line
TAMPA — In evaluating his team’s strengths and flaws after a 5-11 season, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter made a point Monday to defend LT Donovan Smith and his offensive line

Koetter, Payton had odd exchange after Bucs’ win over Saints
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter went to midfield after Sunday's win against the Saints expecting the usual handshake

Jameis Winston’s task for 2018: become more of a mental magician
TAMPA — Remember the last pass that Jameis Winston threw in 2017. Remember it for all its beauty, falling like an egg into Chris Godwin’s hands for a winning 39-yard touchdown with nine seconds left