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
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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