The Buccaneers have finally started the interviewing process – after having been denied one with Mike Mularkey – as the search for an offensive coordinator continues. The first interview was on Friday with Greg Roman, and on Saturday the team sat down with Dirk Koetter.
According to Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com, team officials met with the former in Los Angeles after the Rose Bowl game between Oregon and Florida State, where the draft’s top two quarterback prospects went head-to-head.
Roman has spent the past four seasons in San Francisco after a two year stint (2009-10) at Stanford with Jim Harbaugh. After Harbaugh left for Ann Arbor many believed his offensive coordinator of six years would follow him, but it’s believed that Roman will stay in the NFL, just not in San Francisco.
Roman received a lot of credit for reviving Alex Smith’s career in 2011, where the former first-overall pick had by far his best season in San Francisco, before being traded to Kansas City.
Since 2012 he has worked with duel-threat quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Although Kaepernick struggled at times this season, he has increased his total passing yards every year in each of the three seasons he’s started.
As for the Buccaneers Saturday interview with Dirk Koetter, it was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that there’s “strong mutual interest” between both sides.
The current Falcons OC appears to be on his way out of Atlanta where the team is still searching for Mike Smith’s replacement. If the Falcons hire an offensive minded head coach, he will most likely want to implement his own system or hire his own staff, therefore leaving Koetter to look for a better opportunity elsewhere.
In 2012, during his first year in Atlanta, Koetter helped Matt Ryan achieve his best season statistically in numerous categories – 4719 yards passing, 32 touchdowns, 99.1 rating etc. Since then Ryan has thrown for over 4,500 yards in all three of Koetter’s seasons at the helm of the offense.
Before Atlanta, he spent five years in Jacksonville, leaving after Jack Del Rio was fired in 2011. There, he coached impressive running backs like Maurice Jones Drew and the veteran Fred Taylor. Less impressive were the Jaguar’s quarterbacks – Byron Leftwich, David Garrard and Blaine Gabbert – over that five year stint. Nonetheless, Koetter has coached five top 15 offenses and three top 10 since 2007 during his time with Jacksonville (2007-11) and Atlanta (2012-).
The Buccaneers’ ongoing search will most likely consist of a few more interviews before they make the important hire. Names that have been speculated and could possibly resurface this week include former Browns head coach and current Colts assistant Rob Chudzinski, former Bears head coach Marc Trestman, and Chiefs assistant Brad Childress, among others.
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