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Thursday, Feb 11, 2016

Bucs Report

A Pro Football Blog by Roy Cummings and Ira Kaufman

Go behind the scenes with Buccaneers beat writers Roy Cummings and Ira Kaufman as they offer their insights on the latest happenings with the team.

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Bucs OC Monken to make WR Evans’ drops a top priority

TAMPA — Todd Monken may be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator in name, but with head coach Dirk Koetter planning to call the offensive plays. Monken has another job he says is more important.

Monken, who carries the dual title of coordinator/wide receivers coach, admitted during an introductory news conference Thursday that his top priority will be to coach up the Bucs’ wide receivers.

One of top jobs there is to find a way to pare Mike Evans’ penchant for dropping passes.

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Bucs Bonus Podcast: Breaking down the new coaching changes

Olivia Stacey and Ira Kaufman break down the coaching changes for Tampa Bay. In this week’s Bucs Bonus Podcast, they discuss the outlook for Buccaneers’ new head coach Dirk Koetter and what to expect from defensive coordinator Mike Smith and Todd Monken who was given the dual-title of offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.

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John Lynch to join Bucs legends in Ring of Honor

The Buccaneers announced on Friday that former safety John Lynch will be the next person inducted into their Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium.

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John Lynch discusses Ring of Honor selection

The Buccaneers announced on Friday that former safety John Lynch, a Hall of Fame finalist, will be the next person inducted into their Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium.

In this interview with Olivia Stacey, he discusses his selection into the Ring of Honor, what it took to turn around the Buccaneers franchise and his nomination to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Jason Licht discusses Koetter’s promotion to head coach

Olivia Stacey speaks with Buccaneers GM Jason Licht following Dirk Koetter’s introductory press conference as head coach.

On Friday, the Buccaneers announced that Koetter, the team’s offensive coordinator in 2015, will become the 11th head coach in franchise history. In this interview, Licht discusses creating a winning culture, Koetter’s coaching qualities and hiring Mike Smith as defensive coordinator.

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Interview with Bucs’ new head coach Dirk Koetter

Olivia Stacey goes one-on-one with Buccaneers’ new head coach Dirk Koetter.

Koetter, the team’s offensive coordinator last season, was promoted after a weeklong search by general manager Jason Licht.

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Koetter promises more aggressive offensive play calling as new Bucs coach

TAMPA — New Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter made it clear last week that he will continue to call offensive plays in his new role, just as he did last year when he was offensive coordinator.

The decision should not come as any great surprise. After all, as head coach, Koetter will not be restricted in any way from making the kind of calls that he believes need to be made in some situations.

So, what does that mean for the Buc offense? Well, Koetter suggested last week that it will likely result in the team being a little more aggressive.

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Video: Koetter discusses being named Bucs coach

Olivia Stacey goes one-on-one with Buccaneers new head coach Dirk Koetter, discussing the transition to head coach, his relationship with rookie quarterback Jameis Winston and his message to Tampa Bay fans.

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Bucs Bonus Podcast: Coaching search

In this week’s Bucs Bonus Podcast, Olivia Stacey and Ira Kaufman discuss Lovie Smith’s dismissal, head coaching candidates and answer fan-submitted questions.

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Jason Licht leads head coaching search

Thursday afternoon Bucs General Manager Jason Licht said he has been empowered by ownership to lead the coaching search.

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