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Dirk Koetter Calls Pace of NFL's Jameis Winston Investigation 'Frustrating'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2018

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 01: Head coach Dirk Koetter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stands alongside quarterback Jameis Winston #3 during a game against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. The Bucs defeated the Giants 25-23. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter expressed frustration Tuesday with the length of the NFL's investigation into potential misconduct by quarterback Jameis Winston.

Speaking at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Florida, Koetter discussed his hope that the league won't levy a suspension against Winston, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times:

"To be honest, it is a little frustrating. But I really don't think about that a whole lot because, one, we have no control over it, and two, I'm not involved in it. I mean, I really don't know where that's at. I don't have any knowledge of any of that. It's just one of those things we don't have control over so we have to move ahead. I think it was important that we signed Ryan Fitzpatrick back, that's another guy we signed back that we haven't talked about. And we have Ryan Griffin coming back healthy. So, you know, very, very hopeful that we won't miss any time with Jameis but right now we don't have any control of that."

A female Uber driver alleged that Winston inappropriately touched her in Scottsdale, Arizona, in March 2016.

The driver alleged that she was groped by Winston while they were in the drive-thru of a Mexican restaurant. However, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby—who was Winston's college teammate at Florida State—said he was in the backseat and no misconduct occurred.

After being named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2015 and improving on his numbers in 2016, Winston experienced a down year in 2017.

The 24-year-old missed three games with a shoulder injury and went just 3-10 as a starter. He finished with 3,504 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

While the NFL confirmed its investigation into Winston in November, it remains unclear if there is any discipline on the horizon.

Should the league suspend Winston, veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick is the top option to stand in after going 2-1 in relief of Winston last season.

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