The Bucs might be considered the front-runner to land Dirk Koetter, but they’re not the only team that’s shown interest.
Bucs OC Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The San Francisco 49ers, which fired Jim Tomsula on January 4, interviewed Koetter on Saturday for its vacant head-coaching position, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.
A native of Pocatello, Idaho, and formally the head coach of Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-2006) Koetter has ties to the west coast. He also served as the offensive coordinator at San Francisco State in 1985, his first college coaching job.
This past season in Tampa, Koetter orchestrated the franchise’s best mark in total yards, gaining 6,014 behind a rookie quarterback and several other first-year players. His success has made him a “strong candidate” for the Buccaneers’ job, confirmed by general manager Jason Licht last Thursday. But a visit to San Fran comes before an official interview with his current team.
Based on reports that Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is the leading candidate for the 49ers, it appears the team is looking for a quarterback guru in its next head coach.
From David Garrard to Matt Ryan to Jameis Winston, Koetter has an impressive résumé with quarterbacks and could be viewed as an ideal fit for the 49er’s young signal-caller in 2016, whoever he may be. Blaine Gabbert, the teams’ most recent starter, worked with Koetter during his rookie season in Jacksonville.
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.
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does anyone from PR know if the Bucs have to grant permission for Koetter to interview for head coaching positions?
Yes they do. It’s required since it’s an upgrade for Koetter from coordinator to head coach. If it was a lateral move to interview as a coordinator somewhere else, the Bucs could deny that.
I still think Goodwin would be a great fit here as well. Scott said it best, never be surprised with the Glaziers. Koetter still might be the guy, but something could be cooking with Licht.
“It seems obvious that Jason Licht’s assertion that the Bucs would conduct a thorough but swift search was not a lie to hide their interest in Koetter.” SB NATION
if the 49ers offer Koetter the job he’ll take because he want to be back on the west coact.. so now winston will be with a new HC and OC next year… just wonderful LOL
I am amazed that Koetter confides in Pewter Report posters regarding his career goals.
My prediction, News conference on Wed introducing Koetter next head coach. Koetter will have the rest of his life to live out West. At best he gets 3-5 years to work with Jameis. Why leave a franchise Q.B., who you’ve personally groomed?
The only thing I wonder, do Licht, and Nick Saben, have any connection from their ties to Belichek?
Koetter might become our HC, but I don’t see his style of leadership working. As an OC it’s fine, but not as a Coach. I believe we need either a strong College Head Coach or a past NFL Head Coach. Of course my opinion means nothing to the Bucs, but my gut says don’t pick Koetter as the HC. Go Bucs!.
If Koetter becomes the guy, the new D.C. will have to be good. Is Cullen in line? I would think so. Nickerson? Possibly. They’d better not run what got Lovie fired.
surferdudes; I’m with you.
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