The only reason I can think of as to why the Buccaneers did not fire Smith during the bye week is the issues that plagued them during week 4. There were injuries to position players, and it seemed that they wanted to wait and see if improvements would be made.
HC Dirk Koetter has already mentioned that the problem with the team comes down to the team itself and not just one man, having shied away from the thought of firing longtime pal Mike Smith. When asked previously about firing Mike Smith, Koetter made the statement that if he fired him, then what? Who would the Bucs replace him with? Well, we all know the answer to that.
Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter noted that firing Mike Smith was the second hardest thing he has had to do, leading me to wonder if the order actually came from someone above him.
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