The NFL coaching carousel is just beginning to pick up speed and it should come as no surprise to Buccaneers fans that one of their own is among the coveted.
Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter came to Tampa Bay this past offense and righted a rudderless ship while bolstering his already respected reputation around the league. Despite a 6-10 record and last-place finish, the Bucs managed to finish fifth among all NFL teams in total offense with 375.9 yards per game.
When asked about outside organizations potentially showing interest in Koetter this offseason, head coach Lovie Smith said that’s to be expected.
“Of course in an ideal world Dirk will be here to continue that growth that we’ve had, but that’s just a basic part of it,” Smith said. “If I’m a football team out there looking for a good football coach I’d look at Dirk Koetter, too. Again, that’s just part of people seeing you having success.”
Koetter, who spent the previous eight years leading offenses in Jacksonville (2007-2011) and Atlanta (2012-2014) after serving as a college head coach at Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-2006), has been getting his name mentioned to fill NFL head coaching vacancies since at least last month.
With Koetter pulling the strings, a pair of rookies (left tackle Donovan Smith and right guard Ali Marpet) stabilized a weak offensive line, rookie quarterback Jameis Winston topped 4,000 yards passing and may win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, and running back Doug Martin revitalized his young but foundering career by ranking second behind Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson in rushing yards with 1,402.
As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, six teams have officially decided to move in a different head coaching direction: Cleveland, Miami, the New York Giants, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Other potential changes may also come in Detroit, Indianapolis and New Orleans.
Koetter has for the most part deflected questions about his future next season when asked, but said the Bucs’ trajectory is promising.
“I love working with Coach Smith and the offensive staff,” Koetter said in mid-December when the questions began arising. “We have a fantastic group of players – I’m excited about our long-term future. I hope our owners are as excited as I am. You don’t control that. We’re trying to do the best job we can right now.”
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This worries me greatly. I am all for Lovie getting another year, but if I’m licht and the glazers, I’m looking at the bigger picture. Promote koetter and keep the offensive cohesion, thats way more important than keeping Lovie and his passive defensive staff.
Why give Lovie another draft to get his guys so we can just fire him the next year?
Ofcourse that said it hinges on if koetter is getting interest , which I would be shocked if he isn’t.
I’ve scrubbed the Internet and Googled all the NFL rumors, NFL coaching trackers, and have not seen Koetter’s name mentioned anywhere. Now it’s possible that some teams that didn’t get their target coach, could call Koetter for an interview. But he’s not in the first wave. If anybody has come across something besides surferdudes (just kidding), please provide a link.
Yeah i haven’t seen any myself, but his ability to work with QB’s is pretty damn good. I mean look at what happened to Matt Ryan this year. But hey I hope Koetter doesn’t get any look myself.
That came up immediately right when I Googled Koetter’s name. Things change real fast but I trust these guys
Koetter’s not ready to be a Head Coach; he would fall flat on his face.
Will Lovie ever be ready?
I don’t believe Koetter is going anywhere. Winston has more upside than any quarterback on a team looking for a new head coach.Giants with Manning his 30’s. 49ers with Gabbert and Kaepernick. Browns and that circus. Dolphins with Tannehill. Eagles and the often injured Bradford. Even Detroit with Stafford and the Saints with Brees. I just don’t see it being a better situation than here. Plus, he gets Winston in his first off season. Go Bucs! The future is bright with this kid.
A coach will not pass up a good HC opportunity because of Winston….and if you are the Browns, you can probably draft the best QB in the draft to build upon.
I’ve been looking for a couple of weeks myself macabee and I have yet to see his name show up.
Not sure what his records were in oollege as a head coach.
Just looked up his college coaching record. Did well at Boise St but just a little over .500 at Arizona St.
He did pretty well in the marriage department is his wife’s name is Kim as far as looks as concerned.
She definitely has an NFL face. Great looking blond.
Update: Just saw NFL Network Total Access and Albert Breer did include Koetter as a possible candidate for a HC position. So we’ll see what happens.
Yeah….lose the only coach we have that isn’t better suited for a seat on the living room couch than on the field….only in the world of my beloved Bucs.
if 10 teams have openings, 30+ candidates’ names will emerge. it will be a while before the dust settles and hopefully the Glazers get a chance to up the ante if he ultimately is offered one of the jobs. Being a first time NFL HC this late in his career, he probably can’t command much more than he would make as one of the league’s top paid assistants, and he has a fraction of the headaches as a coordinator
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