Few teams in the league have been ravaged by injuries more than the Buccaneers this season. The injury wave hit early in the season, claiming prized pass rusher Noah Spence for the season, and linebackers Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David for several games each.Veterans Robert Ayers and Brent Grimes have each struggled to stay on the field this season as well. And that’s just the defense.
It’s been a remarkable storm of injuries, and I expect the Glazers to weigh that when they determine the fate of their coaching staff this off-season.
No coach is safe thanks to the disappointing nature of the season, but I think head coach Dirk Koetter will ultimately be spared for one more season, in part because of all the injuries.
I don’t expect defensive coordinator Mike Smith to be retained, and I think several assistant coaches will be disposed of as well, including the offensive and defensive line coaches.
Injuries definitely played a key part in the ruin of this season, but in the NFL, injuries are a part of life and both players and coaches unfortunately have to pay the cost of them.
Consideration of the injury bug may save Dirk Koetter, but the majority of his staff won’t be so fortunate.