Buccaneers Talk: Retaining Koetter, season in review
By Bailey Adams
In Walking the Plank’s 40th episode, your hosts talk about the Buccaneers retaining Dirk Koetter, recap the win over the Saints and look back at the season in review.
Happy New Year! The Buccaneers wrapped up their disappointing 2017 season on a high note, beating the Saints 31-24 on New Year’s Eve. Walking the Plank returns this week for the Mike Alstott episode. We appreciate all who have stuck around during this transition and if you’re joining us for the first time, we thank you.
Zach and I get things going by talking about the Glazers’ decision to retain head coach Dirk Koetter. We give our thoughts on the decision, evaluate the idea of Koetter retaining his staff and what it could mean for next year. Are the Bucs closer to a winning season than their 5-11 record indicates? We talk about Tampa Bay having the pieces in place to compete very soon.
Next, we get into a recap of the Bucs’ win over the Saints and get into how ridiculous it is that people were upset about it. Sure, it impacted the team’s draft position. The Bucs dropped a whole TWO SPOTS! How will they ever draft an impact player now? We talk about Jameis Winston‘s interceptions, the end of Doug Martin‘s time in Tampa Bay and Mike Evans making history. The potential of this offense comes up, as we once again talk about adding a dynamic running back to team with Peyton Barber.
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We wrap up the first portion of the episode by talking about the weird exchange between Koetter and Sean Payton, as well as the need for both fans and media give the head coach a fair shot heading into the 2018 season. He’s the head coach. That’s the reality these days, so he deserves a shot. Zach has some pretty strong opinions on the matter…
We then look back at this season and give our favorite game, our MVPs and our most disappointing players. To wrap everything up, we give our picks for the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs. We even get some shots in at the extreme lack of parity in the NBA.
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