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Koetter wants wins from Winston


As a rookie, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston managed six wins. In his second season, Winston’s head coach wants even more of the same.

Via, Dirk Koetter was asked at the league meetings what he’s looking for in growth from a quarterback elevating from his first year. Said Koetter, “In our case, it’s got to be wins.”

To help Winston win more games, Koetter wants to eliminate the “unknowns,” some of which come from taking unnecessary hits -- and putting his ability to play at risk.

“There’s not a three-year plan or a five-year plan. We’re trying to win games.” Koetter said.

And Koetter is right, in large part because he’s working for an ownership group that, while not nearly among the most flamboyant or loquacious in the league, ranks close to the top when it comes to impatience, routinely firing coaches sooner than they should. There’s only one way to keep that from happening, and Koetter knows it.

While it won’t be easy in a very competitive division that features some of the best quarterbacks in football, the Buccaneers aren’t nearly as far away as many think. The offense will be better, the defense can’t be much worse, and the Bucs could be climbing the ladder in the NFC South this season.