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Scott Reynolds is in his 22nd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com

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  1. 1

    Garv

    Excellent if obvious hire! GOOD continuity and great coaching! Look forward to DC and OC hires. Thinking Mike Smith at DC. Wonder if Koetter’s OC will be an in name only OC like Bill Muir was to Jon Gruden. But Jameis must be smiling as well as Buccaneer fans excitied to see the offense continue to grow while getting a new look on defense.

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    1. 1.1

      Bucsfan1983

      He could just do that with our QB’s coach Mike Bajakian.

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    Bucsfan1983

    Great move IMO, crucial to keep him around Jameis.

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    macabee

    Not heard much from me lately and that’s because I don’t know much. I’m not going away, just going into listening and learning mode. I can’t say much about things that I don’t know much about. I know the Bucs wanted to continue Winston’s growth curve, but beyond that there’s not much I understand what their plans are especially on the defensive side of the ball. I think that is the biggest question mark going into the new season.

    Dirk Koetter has been named the next Bucs HC. Would not have been my first choice, but I have no problem with it. I know Koetter was a good OC. But I also know that Norv Turner is an excellent OC, but was a terrible HC. I know that Rod Marinelli is an excellent DC, but was a terrible HC. As for Koetter, like Trump says “this guy I don’t know about”. But we will soon find out if we can stop playing fantasy football with head coaches.

    Hey I’m a Buc fan. I always support the Bucs regardless of the decisions that they make. Koetter will get my full-throated support until I learn otherwise, and then he will get the benefit of the doubt. The consensus opinion is that the Bucs wanted to maintain the relationship and rapport that he has with Jameis Winston. While that may be a noble intention, the day Koetter was named HC, the time quotient allotted to that relationship changed. Perhaps it will have no consequence, but it will definitely change.

    He may benefit from Jason Licht having full control so he presumably, would not have to devote much time to personnel in FA and the draft. But that in itself is a new and untested proposition. The man who affectionately calls himself “meathead” will steer the ship in troubled waters. So there is much to learn about our new Bucs and I will spend more time listening and learning than commenting out of thin air.

    I have every expectation that things will go as planned. However if past is prologue, the Bucs 2016 schedule will put whatever plans we devise to the test quickly. I’m an eternal optimist and want to think this time will be different. But the realist in me says there is a huge challenge in front of us that will require as much luck as skill for us to be successful going forward. In the meantime, I continue to hope and wish as always…. Go Bucs! So congratulations Dirk, let’s get this show on the road!!

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    sunshineben

    Mr Koetter does NOT have a great record as head coach in college and was fired.He
    was the 1st coach Atlanta let go after firing Mike Smith also . NOt sure about this??

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    1. 4.1

      Bucsfan1983

      His record wasn’t great,but it wasn’t horrible either. 66-44

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      1. 4.1.1

        DrT1066

        66 and 44 over a 16 game schedule is an average of 10 and 6
        Sounds pretty good to me

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    2. 4.2

      ghost

      Stop with the BS, he was not fired

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    3. 4.3

      Bucnut2

      I am with you. I jus hope this works out. Remember the last time we hired a coveted AC as HC. Can you say Raheem Morris?

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    flashgordon

    so, he took the job . . . according to Licht, Koetter has beaten out all would be contestants; so, hopefully, that’s a step in the right direction. As usual, the media days will be entertaining!

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    1. 5.1

      Bucnut2

      I dont know how beating out 1 legitimate interview constitutes a HUGE win.

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    e

    This is Licht’s guy, so let’s hope that Koetter is not put on the two-year clock by ownership. One of the forum’s posters did recently note that Koetter had some issues with running a loose ship at ASU with his players getting into some trouble? I hope that Koetter has learned from this and that it doesn’t become another Raheem situation. That being said… I’m a Bucs fan and as Mac said; it’s “full-throated support” for Koetter and I look forward to the coordinator spots being filled. I really like the Mike Smith DC idea. I was thinking that he may have been a good HC candidate. It couldn’t hurt to have him on staff to help the Koetter learn the ropes. As far as the OC, I’m all for experienced coordinators, but I trust in Meathead.

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    Xpfcwintergreen

    I will echo much of what Macabee said. However, I had no preference for HC, only I definitely did not want Chip Kelley.
    I too had observed Norve Turner and others and came to similar conclusions. The results of these kinds of hires are always unpredictable. However, I had hopes that Smith would profit in his development as a HC from his year off. That too is unpredictable. I felt that he needed another year to see how he and the organization developed the defensive side of the puzzle.That was not to be.
    There is always more going on behind the scenes than we fans will ever know. That is why I rely on PR and other sources to at least give us some clues. We will see what we learn in the next few months.
    I am also ever optimistic and support the Bucs one thousand per cent. Go Bucs!!!

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    Horse

    I’m still not sure what the rush is all about. Where was Koetter going? Jon Robinson just went to the Titans as GM; you don’t think he is going to interview some of the Offensive Coaches for higher positions?
    Of course I will support Coach Koetter; I just think we could have interviewed some more coaches around the league. Meanwhile redoing our Defense is the major priority and GM Licht has to hit a home run here. Go Bucs!

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    1. 8.1

      Bucnut2

      Horse- i agree. there was no rush. We hurried into a suspect decision. I like the continuity for JW but I really think we could have done better. DK was not going to be in demand. The last time we rushed to hire someone who was “a hot AC” was Raheem. How did that work out?

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      1. 8.1.1

        Runole

        Seriously? you are comparing the hire of Dirk with Raheem(who was just an assistant coach)?

        Raheem skipped even being a DC to receive the HC job.
        There was no search.

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      scubog

      Horse: All but one team (Titans) selected their new HC before the Bucs. I wouldn’t call that rushing.

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      Gulfstrings

      I’ve been operating on the assumption that DK was their guy all along. Perhaps this was “known” around the league explaining the relative low interview activity to say Coughlan, et al. I also applaud the consistency factor and wait anxiously for their DC selection. Go Bucs!
      BTW, typing here has become a PITA. Is it just me having issues?

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    TheQ

    Great hire…go bucs…

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  10. 10

    Bucsfan1983

    I hope he brings in Mike Smith or Jim Schwartz as DC.

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      Bucnut2

      I think both of those guys are stiffs. Smith never did anythigin on the defensive side in Atlanta and Schwartz underwhelmed with superior talent in Detroit. Let’s get Marinelli or promote Cullen.

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        cgmaster27

        I wouldn’t say superior talent in detroit. He had a good line, but their secondary is horrible. Just look what he did what “talent” when he coached Buffalo. Now that was a damn good defense. I would take Schwartz all day.

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      Bucnut2

      I think both of those guys are stiffs. Smith never did anything on the defensive side in Atlanta and Schwartz underwhelmed with superior talent in Detroit. Let’s get Marinelli or promote Cullen.

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    Bucnut2

    I will support this as I believe continuity is best for JW development. I like Koetter but must say I am not sure that he will be a good HC. SR, I have one comment for you. Do you REALLY believe this was a legitimate search? Seems hard to believe in just a week and interview jus t2 candidates, one of which was likely only conducted to comply with the Rooney rule. Interviewing one REAL candidate does not seem like a legitimate search.

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    1. 11.1

      Runole

      Far more legitimate than the Smith or Morris hire.

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    Bucnut2

    just 2 candidates

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  13. 13

    DCGoth

    While I will support the team, today’s hire just saved me $2,000, as I just cancelled my season tickets.
    If the Glazers want to continue to ride the coaching carousel, I’m not paying for it. I will renew my season tickets once they can keep a coach longer than two years AND win a playoff game.

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    1. 13.1

      scubog

      You don’t have to “cancel” your season passes. Just don’t pay for them. Apparently your seat location isn’t worthy of taking the risk of losing them. Me, no way I’d give up the rights to my 6 seats.

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      BucWild02

      Buh-bye. If you can’t get excited for the new head coach and the offense, but WERE excited about Lovie putting that garbage defense on the field for 2 more years, 2 more games, or 2 more minutes, YOU WONT BE MISSED!

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        cgmaster27

        I was thinking the same thing. The fact that you were Ok with keeping the Mediocre Lovie smith and then get mad when they hire Koetter, that makes no sense. I guess you would’ve preferred another 1 win at home next year to justify those season tickets.

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    ELBUCCS

    If you look at the better teams its as much about the staff as the head coach. Thus Im more interested in who the DC will be. The challenge will be a much harder schedule. This team could have won 10 games this year but im not sure they’re one of the 6 best teams in the NFC albeit the NFC East underwhelmed. Next year less than 10 wins may be unacceptable. Only way to meet or exceed expectations is another great draft coupled with great coaching.

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    Stratobuc

    Okay then.

    They better get someone in here to fix the defense, or this won’t last long either.

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    sunshineben

    Mr Koetter was fired as head coach in college as record was 40-34.Their was issues with players that did not go well with the school

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      Runole

      That is a huge exaggeration bordering on completely false with this issue you speak. Everyone starts somewhere. What HEAD COACHING experience did Morris have? What DC experience?

      Just like Tony Dungy finally got a chance to become a NFL HC there is no reason why Koetter shouldn’t get the same chance.

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      BucWild02

      Sunshineben-And you were fired as an Albertson’s bag boy when you were 15. Im sure that firing follows you around to this day. Its who you are and always will be.

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        sunshineben

        sorry ..never an Albertson’s bag boy.. lighten up dude .. I pay for season tkts too!!

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    artpac

    Not thrilled by any means. But this was expected. And despite not being happy about it, I do hope we give this coach at least 4 years to prove himself.

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    1. 17.1

      BucWild02

      I hope Koetter deserves to stay for his entire contract and the Bucs can’t wait to sign him to an extension.

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    cbrady2k

    It’s the best choice I suppose if the team really thought he was going to leave to be a head coach somewhere else. Regardless of whatever happens I just hope the team actually gives the guy a chance and we’re not having yet another head coach search again next year or the year after. If they keep firing head coaches every 2 years the team will just spin its wheels in the cellar. Give the guy a chance to do something, and shock, that might take longer than 24 months.

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    nyubucsguy

    I don’t get the negativity. At the end of the day this coaching hire is going to come down to how JW does on the field. If he is a success then Dirk can be here for a long time and should bring back playoff football.

    We were going to have to rebuild the defense this year anyways so might as well have gotten rid of the DC who was also the HC and bring in someone who matches JL view on what to do on defense. With these moves we give Winston continuity on the offense. We give JL and the yet to be named DC time to draft players who fit their mold.

    To let Lovie drat a years worth of talent and to end up not making the playoffs and starting over next year would have meant we could have wasted all of our upcoming picks(assuming we go all defense on them). Now JL and Dirk with the DC can get players who make sense and know that they have a few seasons to all grow together.

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    1. 19.1

      Horse

      Wearing two hats usually doesn’t work out. I liked Dirk as an OC; I’m not sure how I will like him as HC too. We aren’t going anywhere until we fix the Defense. We have a ways to put all the puzzle together. Go Bucs!

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    martinii

    Congratulations Dirk, I think this was the most logical decision by Licht. At least half the team will avoid another coaching change even though Koetter will assume new responsibilities as HC. Licht will be in charge for the most part in selecting a new Defensive staff with his new all inclusive power recently Bestowed upon him by the Glazers. With a good draft and free agency plus the number of very solid pieces we have in place this could be a repeat of the Dungy-Gruden transition. The operative word is “could,” because I feel like most of us would settle for a playoff appearance.

    Unfortunately the Buc’s coaching carasoul the past several years leaves one cautious. It’s like the old military axiom about not becoming too friendly with the guys around you. They may be gone soon. I regress. at any rate like macabre’s advice, I’am going to sit back and learn for awhile. While change is good it can become too inviting and thus unproductive for all concerned (players, fans, and coaches.) Good Luck Buc’s,looking forward to a productive offseason.

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    scubog

    Love your avatar martinii. Not sure if that’s Einstein or an original member of KISS.

    All any of us really know is that our offense looked to be more respectable under Koetter than our defense did under Lovie’s guidance. How he fares as a HC will largely depend on his selected assistants and working with Licht to bring in more talent.

    What I do like about Dirk is his upbeat approach and straight forward remarks.

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    1. 21.1

      Horse

      Scu, agree. I’m settling into the HC hire as the correct move. I support Dirk all the way. I know he won’t hurt us like Lovie ended up doing. Dirk is not arrogant and is comfortable with the Press. Go Bucs!

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    BucWild02

    I wouldn’t be so concerned about Koetter putting the pieces together. Last year he took a rookie QB, two rookie OL, a new center off of Atlanta;s practice squad, Doug Martin whose 5th year option wasn’t extended since had been bad or hurt the previous two years, and had a top ten offense in a newly implemented scheme. He also obviously lost ASJ, VJax, Louis Murphy, Dotson, Kaelin Clay, and Kenny Bell for most or part of the year.
    He never made excuses. He never asked for more time to rebuild. He was accountable. I expect he will do the same on defense. He will expect it to work and them to be competitive immediately. if they don’t perform, then its next man up, but I have a feeling the underperformers on the team know that there is no hiding behind two more years of excuses as to why it isn’t working. As Tommy Boy said, “It’s GO time!”

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      cgmaster27

      Agreed on all accounts Bucwild. He’s a no bullshit kind of coach and I really like that. He handles his business and worked wonders with a bunch of rookies on offense last year. I’m personally excited to see what he can do.

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    stlbucsfan

    He has a greater chance of being the next Bruce Arians than the next Raheem who wasn’t all that bad considering the talent he had to work with but thats another topic for another day. Koetter has paid his dues and if we truly were on the verge of losing him to another team we made the right call in replacing Lovie as he is more vital to our success. The DC hire should come from within IMO unless we can get Jim Schwartz the old Lions HC who coaches a more attacking version of the 4-3. I think we should make him the top paid defensive assistant like we did Koetter on offense and let him run that side of the ball.

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    fredster

    Never liked Smith and do we really need the whole Falcons ex coaching staff? Lol. They need to get this DC right. Koetter as new coach needs strong DC coordinator that can take ownership of defense and let him just focus on offense.

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    WiltheBrewer

    Sweet gig for an incoming DC- if he can get the D to improve to 20th in the league in scoring defense, it’ll open up some doors for HC opportunities!
    Seriously, though, I have confidence in Licht assembling a winning team- let’s see where HIS HC gets us!

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    jme0151

    Just going to watch and wait. DC is a big decision and needs to be the right guy. All in for Buc’s.

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