Extra Points: Bucs, Koetter, Bears, Parkey, Bengals, Kirkpatrick

After a promising start, the Buccaneers have spiraled downward. The team is now 3-6, they’ve shuffled between Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick multiple times, and the offense is completely in the tank. The defense has been historically bad, and coach Dirk Koetter is firmly on the hot seat.

In a move seemingly made out of desperation, Koetter took back play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Todd Monken for the team’s loss to the Redskins, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. Monken had been calling plays all season, and had been widely praised for the Bucs’ initial offensive success. Whatever Koetter was trying to accomplish clearly didn’t work, as the Buccaneers scored just three points today. A move might not be made until the end of the season, but it seems pretty clear Koetter’s time with the organization is coming to an end.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed two field goals and two extra points today against Detroit, but Chicago coach Matt Nagy ruled out replacing him after the game, according to ESPN.com. Parkey has now missed five field goals this season, but Nagy flat-out rejected the notion the team would look for a new kicker. Parkey missed a potential game-winner in overtime against the Dolphins a few weeks back.
  • The Bengals were demolished by the Saints at home today, and their already injury depleted defense got even more bad news. Starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was ruled out for the game with a concussion and is currently in the concussion protocol, according to Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The Bengals are already down multiple starters on defense, so they can’t afford to be without Kirkpatrick.
  • In case you missed it, the Steelers are expected to place the transition tag on Le’Veon Bell this offseason.
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11 comments on “Extra Points: Bucs, Koetter, Bears, Parkey, Bengals, Kirkpatrick

  1. Kenleyfornia74

    Parkey got a 4 year deal. Don’t know how much is guarenteed, but you would have to think he has a good saftey net under him

    • cubsfan2489

      Chisuxcity, Well, you’re an idiot. And kenley, this year at $4 million and it’d be a $3 million cap hit if they released him for next year.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    If John Harbaugh becomes available the Bucs should go right out and sign him as HC. He could turn that historically bad defense around.

  3. Mr_KLC

    The Buccaneers are officially back! Now just get them those cream sickle uniforms again, and it will be just like the old days.

  4. unclemike1525

    Bears are still paying for the stupid decision to cut Robbie Gould when he was making 4 million a year when they had 40 million in cap space. Only Butthead was better at kicking in Soldier Field than Gould. the weather wasn’t even bad yesterday, wait until later. Hope the offense doesn’t let down and expect Parkey to win a game for them.

    • Rondon

      Yep, the same GM, Pace, who gave the legendary Mike Glennon, 18 million guaranteed, cut Gould for $ reasons.

      • Steven Juris

        Never mind that Gould cost the Bears 2-3 games that year with missed field goals

        • dray16

          No kidding, they cut him in camp the year after he was brutal. I was sad he was gone but totally fine with it, he sucked at the time. A change of scenery has done him well, of course everyone would love him back.

  5. WazBazbo

    Wow. At 3-6, Tampa Bay has no definite starting QB, the offense and defense both suck and the head coach is on the hot seat.

    Other than that, things are fine.

    • crosseyedlemon

      There must be something about the water in Florida because all the teams in that state are bad. The Dolphins are only 5-5 because they have the totally inept Jets in their division.

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