Dirk Koetter to remain Bucs head coach in 2018, report says

Mark Ingram and the Saints sport an 11-4 record. Source

Tampa Bay, however, is looking to win back-to-back home games against the Saints for the first time since 2007-08.

The report cited Koetter's involvement in quarterback Jameis Winston's development as a key reason for Tampa Bay's faith in him.

Winston followed up in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers by completing 21 of 27 passes (77.8 percent) for 367 yards and a touchdown for a 131.1 passer rating, although he lost three fumbles during the 22-19 defeat.

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Winston's recent play has the New Orleans Saints' attention, especially when considering Sunday's matchup carries heavy NFC South implications.

"The idea was to put it on the ground, get (the defense) to freeze for a second and pick it up and score", said Panthers coach Ron Rivera, jokingly. This is despite a 4-11 record heading into Week 17. "I've been working to be a professional athlete my entire life so you think that just because I've got a little pain that I'm not gonna play, because we're not going to the playoffs?" He has thrown 47 touchdown passes against Tampa Bay, his most against any opponent in the NFL.

Saints cornerback P.J. Williams believes the missed time also provided extra motivation for the Buccaneers quarterback. The postseason is long gone, but there's always something to play for. The Bucs have seven starting quality players on injured reserve, including defensive end Noah Spence, who played in only three games before undergoing shoulder surgery. On the play, punter Michael Palardy received the snap and tried to find tight end Ed Dickson over the middle. We spend so much time together - me, him, (quarterbacks coach Mike) Bajakian and those other quarterbacks - it's like a family.

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