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With Jameis Winston’s progression and the overall offensive improvement despite numerous injuries and setbacks, it’s no surprise that Dirk Koetter’s name is already being thrown around as a possible head coaching candidate.

Bucs OC Dirk Koetter - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs OC Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Specifically, Jon Gruden and Pat Kirwan agreed during the latter’s SiriusXM radio show recently that the Bucs offensive coordinator would be a sought after replacement for any vacancies.

On Tuesday Koetter was asked about his interest in such an opportunity, answering in his typical, humorous way.

“They must not have heard those questions I was getting earlier today. Can you imagine if I had to answer all the questions a head coach does, how pissed off I’d get every week,” Koetter said, drawing a laugh. “Call up the media in Phoenix and ask them.”

Shifting to a more serious tone, Koetter talked about being fortunate enough to have been a head coach at Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-2006), before calling his current job “the greatest in the world.”

“I love working with coach Smith and the offensive staff,” Koetter said. “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.”

While Koetter remains fully committed and is excited for Tampa Bay’s future, one would have to assume he’ll at least entertain the idea if a team comes calling in the offseason. Not to mention it wouldn’t be his first time, as he interviewed for Denver in 2011 and the Browns job in 2014.

For now, though, Koetter’s focus is entirely on game-planning for the the St. Louis Rams.

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About the Author: Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com
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cgmaster27
cgmaster27
5 years ago

Watched the press conference and to me it seems like he’s pretty content being our offensive coordinator. I mean why leave? You have a young offense with some very good pieces in place.I just don’t think the guy likes dealing with all the extra crap that comes with being a head coach.

Bucco63
Bucco63
5 years ago

He was actually hired to be the head coach at my alma mater, Oklahoma State. I was pissed when he changed his mind the day before the press conference and went to Arizona State. We ended up with Les Miles as his replacement which turned out to be a good thing until Les quit on us during halftime of our bowl game. But that led to Mike Gundy coming home and that’s been so far so good. Long story short, I’ve been a Koetter fan for a while even though he ticked me off. Glad he’s on my side again… Read more »

Do_it_Big_Bucs
Do_it_Big_Bucs
Reply to  Bucco63
5 years ago

Thanks for sharing that info Bucco63.. I was unaware of those things. Koetter is a heck of a coach, and hope he stays with the Bucs for the long haul.

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

As should it be; let’s stay focused on Thursday. Needless to say, we need this win. I know many of you are focused on the Safety and CB concerns and I agree with you, but I believe a good Pass Rusher is a greater need. Hopefully, we’ll fill all those needs in the early rounds.

surferdudes
surferdudes
5 years ago

Tom Moore was perfectly content being Peyton Mannings O.C. for years. Let’s hope Koetter is Winstons Tom Moore.

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