The Buccaneers fired Lovie Smith on Wednesday night after a dismal 8-24 record in his first two years as Tampa Bay’s head coach. The Glazers have put general manager Jason Licht, who was hired by Smith, in charge of finding his replacement.

Licht won’t have to look to far as the next head coach of Bucs is already on staff.

As PewterReport.com first reported, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is the leading candidate to take over in Tampa Bay. But first Licht, who will be addressing the media on Thursday afternoon at One Buccaneer Place, must interview at least one minority candidate before making a hire, according to the NFL’s Rooney Rule.

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

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

However, there will be other candidate names tossed around by fans and the media.

Chip Kelly, who spurned the Bucs in 2012, and was hired by Philadelphia in 2013.

Tom Coughlin, two-time Super Bowl winner with the New York Giants.

New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who spent time with Licht with the Patriots.

Adam Gase, Chicago’s offensive coordinator and a hot commodity in NFL circles.

But Koetter, who has been in the NFL since 2007 when he was the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville (2007-11) before moving on to Atlanta (2012-14) and then to Tampa Bay, seems like the right fit for this team right now.

It took the Buccaneers 40 years to find their franchise quarterback, but they finally did in Jameis Winston, who was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2015. Koetter, who has groomed David Garrard in Jacksonville and Matt Ryan in Atlanta, oversaw Winston’s development and helped transform him into a 4,000-yard passer and a leading candidate for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. The Bucs want to keep a good thing going.

That’s why when Philadelphia and Miami started talking to Koetter about becoming their head coach, Licht and the Glazers realized that Koetter was more important to the Bucs franchise moving forward than Smith and his failed defense were. In danger of losing Koetter, Smith was fired to create a head coach opening in Tampa Bay, too.

Keeping continuity with the Bucs’ improving offense led by Koetter and Winston is of supreme importance to Licht and the Glazers. The Bucs had the league’s fifth-ranked offense, averaging 375.9 yards per game last year, but need to improve in the area of scoring offense, were Tampa Bay was ranked 20th, averaging 21.4 points per game.

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

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

Still, there was a lot of improvement on the offensive side of the ball with Koetter’s influence. Tampa Bay had the league’s second-best running back in Pro Bowler Doug Martin. Backup Charles Sims led all running backs in yards per touch, and totaled 1,000 yards of total offense while tied for the lead in Tampa Bay in touchdown receptions with four.

Wide receiver Mike Evans had his second 1,000-yard season in as many years. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins doubled his touchdown production from a year ago with four scores despite missing nine games due to injury, while reserve tight end Cameron Brate developed into a receiving threat with three touchdowns of his own.

The Bucs offensive line featured two rookie starters in left tackle Donovan Smith and right guard Ali Marpet, as well as two veteran newcomers in center Joe Hawley and right tackle Gosder Cherilus. Left guard Logan Mankins returned to form and was a Pro Bowl alternate at age 34.

There is some risk with hiring Koetter as he doesn’t have any NFL head coaching experience, and Tampa Bay’s offense did sputter down the stretch, especially in point production. But the truth is that no one has any NFL head coaching experience until they get their first opportunity. It’s time to give Koetter an opportunity.

Koetter did have head coaching experience at Boise State (1998-2000) where he compiled a record of 26-10, and at Arizona State (2001-06) where he was 40-34 and produced winning seasons his last three years. And his leadership style on the offensive side of the ball, his charisma and his enthusiasm on the practice field and in the meeting rooms were well noted by Licht and the Glazers throughout the season.

“It’s easy to play for a guy like Dirk,” Evans said. “He’s a fun guy to be around. When he demands something we’re going to do it because he’s a good guy. He calls great plays and he believes in us. He’s easy to play for. It’s fun talking with him and listening to him. As a coach he’s not boring. He’s fun. I guess that helps. He makes football fun.”

The energetic Koetter laughed when told that the players appreciate his sense of humor and desire to lighten the mood around One Buccaneer Place.

“Some days it’s fun,” Koetter said. “I do try to keep it fun. Football is a game number one. These guys all started playing the game when they were young because it was fun. We sometimes forget that because now we do it for a living and it’s a business. When you get to the NFL we are in meetings forever. We meet with those quarterbacks for three hours a day. All of our guys are willing listeners and willing learners, but I can’t sit through a three-hour lecture myself. When you have coaches up there it can sound like the same old “blah, blah, blah.’

Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter believes having fun is essential to having success in the NFL – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

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

“So where we can, we put unique things into our power point presentations. We have a guest coach – which is a player – every Friday where we put up a picture of a guy and he has to come up and explain something in front of the team. We sometimes take liberties with pictures and we sometimes put our guy’s head with another guy’s body. If there is an opportunity to get these guys to smile I think that’s good.”

It didn’t take long for Tampa Bay’s players to realize that Koetter would make a significant difference on offense. The tight end position would no longer be ignored in the passing game. The Bucs running backs would also be utilized in the passing game with screen passes and wheel routes. Tampa Bay would both run and pass on first down and the play-calling would no longer be predictable.

“You could tell from the moment we brought him in the kind of impact he was going to have on our team,” Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon said. “You’re seeing the results right now. We’re playing really well. The coaches coach and the players play, but there is something to be said about the job he’s done. He’s done a great job of calling up the plays at the right time and the right situations. As an offense we’re executing better, but a lot of it is him.

“Dirk makes things fun. Our meetings are fun with him. He does a great job of that. He’s got the right personality for the job. Not only is he good with the X’s and O’s, he does a great job of relating to the players. He’ll poke fun at guys in meetings and keeps your attention – keeps it light. His personality fits that mold. He’s the right man for the job and he’s really helping us out. It’s fun around here.”

The old football cliché about players willing to run through walls for their coach definitely applies to Koetter. The man is absolutely loved and adored by his players and you’re seeing the results of their strong bond on the field and on the scoreboard.

Lovie Smith and OC Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Lovie Smith and OC Dirk Koetter – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“Dirk means well and he’s so dedicated,” Bucs receiver Donteea Dye said. “He’s got a game plan and he’s going to go with it and attack it. He attacks everything with a passion. He’s got a great scheme and he gets the ball out fast to our playmakers. It’s a great offense to be in and Dirk is a great guy. He just makes it fun around here.”

Funny pictures of the Bucs players make offensive meetings and team meetings fun, but Koetter knows that there’s a time to play and a time to work.

“The only time that having fun can be a problem is when guys don’t know when it’s time to work and time to have fun,” Koetter said. “We really don’t have that problem, though. I try to give them a little bit of leeway on that. I try to keep it light.
‘Your job, my job or anyone’s job – it is drudgery if you are looking at your watch, saying, ‘When’s quitting time?’”

With the gregarious Koetter in place leading the offense this past spring, OTAs and mini-camps were fun. Training camp was fun last summer. Putting up 31 points on offense against Jacksonville and 38 points on offense in Philadelphia was fun this fall.

Winning is fun, but the Bucs didn’t do that enough in 2015.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston - Photo by: Getty Images

Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images

If Koetter is hired to replace Smith, he’ll have to find a way for Winston to reduce his number of interceptions down from 16, and improve the points scored upward to 25 points per game in order for the Bucs to get into serious playoff contention in 2016.

More importantly, Koetter and Licht would have to fix the Buccaneers defense, which will need a new defensive coordinator and likely some new position coaches, especially in the secondary. Linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson and defensive line coach Joe Cullen are definitely worth keeping, though.

The 2016 draft will have to be loaded with defensive players, but Koetter and Licht will need to find at least a stud speed receiver to help Winston stretch the field vertically and take some of the attention away from Evans in the passing game. Having Koetter on board probably helps Licht’s chances of re-signing Martin before he hits free agency, too.

There are no guarantees that Koetter will be successful in Tampa Bay, but the Glazers had already deemed that Smith was unsuccessful due to his 8-24 record – and rightly so.

Give Koetter a shot. His energy and charisma will quickly win over the defensive players provided he hires them a very good defensive coordinator.

Bucs OC Dirk Koetter, GM Jason Licht and Jon Robinson – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs OC Dirk Koetter, GM Jason Licht and Jon Robinson – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Licht has been an unabashed Koetter fan since he was hired by the Bucs in January after he was let go in the Falcons coaching purge in Atlanta.

“If we wouldn’t have signed or drafted any player, we still think we are a better team than we were last year,” Licht said in the offseason. “And that’s because of the addition of Dirk Koetter.”

As word of Smith’s sudden firing quickly spread on social media, Tampa Bay tight end Brandon Myers chimed in on Twitter to say “Dirk has been the man since he walked in the door.”

Sounds like Licht has already found the Buccaneers’ next coach.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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WiltheBrewer
WiltheBrewer
5 years ago

I was on board for one last year for Lovie, but I think that keeping Koetter- and making improvements on D coaching, could bring a quicker turnaround- along w/ Licht and crew killing another draft!

georgehicks
georgehicks
Reply to  WiltheBrewer
5 years ago

I think that the bucs are at a crossroads on this bucs team. I think it was time that the owners was tired of the same oh same oh year after year. Decides to make it right for everybody. No#1 get the right coach, get the right offensive and defensives coaches. pick the best players available in the draft. No reaches, only good or great players bring in good veterans that will play for 16 games, not 4 to 9 games. Iam 70 yrs old I want to see Tampa start turning the team around. keep the players that want… Read more »

1sparkybuc
1sparkybuc
5 years ago

I woke up this morning to this news. Wow. It has to be Koetter. Please don’t even consider Chip Kelly The guy is a cancer and a liar. Football is no fun with him for sure.

thunderchunky
thunderchunky
5 years ago

Here is my take. Lovie took the play calling away from coach Frazier and the defense got WORSE. He could not settle on a CB combo, and all his hand picked guys were terrible. Coach Koetter took a rookie QB, and 5 other rookies over the season and made them viable, progressing over that time. Coach Koetter would be a great pick as head man. Also, do you think the Glazier brothers also were thinking they could lose the fan base if Lovie returned?

Twistedwires
Twistedwires
5 years ago

Scott- This line out of your article, in my opinion, is an important point that needs more attention than I believe it will get. “The 2016 draft will have to be loaded with defensive players, but Koetter and Licht will need to find at least a stud speed receiver to help Winston stretch the field vertically and take some of the attention away from Evans in the passing game.” There is no way to fill all of this team’s needs in the short term. As always it comes down to what do you go after now. Of course it should… Read more »

fredster
fredster
5 years ago

Love Koetter I think he will make good head coach. Went to bed late last night and got the alert on my NFL app. And was somewhat shocked. I mean I knew Lovie did a horrible job but with three years left….Kudos to the Glazers for having the balls to make the change and not to mention the financial aspect. It was time for a change. Lovie is fine person and I wish him and his family all the best.

grafikdetail
grafikdetail
5 years ago

personality & being fun doesn’t win football games either LOL freaking trainwreck of an franchise…

Twistedwires
Twistedwires
Reply to  grafikdetail
5 years ago

I wonder, how fun is Bill Belichick? He might be a barrel of laughs. He doesn’t seem that way in PC’s. He seems like a businessman. The bucs players really liked Raheem Morris as well. Now of course it’s not a bad thing to have your players like the coach. But I think respect would be more valuable. It looks like Koetter has their respect. Let’s see a PR article on that aspect.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  grafikdetail
5 years ago

So you must’ve been one of the two people who liked Lovies game day blunders and blank stares. Lovie sucked. He was behind the times and didn’t know how to adjust at all. I dont Want to hear the talent argument either as ALL of the free agents he picked were terrible. The glazers, like the rest of us, are tired of watching Lovie look like an idiot out there. Nice guy , but not a winner.

grafikdetail
grafikdetail
Reply to  cgmaster27
5 years ago

no i just sick of seeing a new damn coach & system every two years & so are the players… it’s stupid & doesn’t work! Welcome to Cleveland Browns South

surferdudes
surferdudes
5 years ago

Scott if we promote Koetter does give us an early jump on the season? Also someone on staff to interview should be Hardy Nickerson. Not only would this satisfy the Rooney rule, but we might find our next D.C..

jcarruth
jcarruth
5 years ago

On board with showing Lovie the door … Why does hiring Koetter as HC give me flashbacks to hiring Raheem … Koetter has gone from being an OC we never heard of to the best HC prospect we can find in 1 year ? Dont have any names i would suggest instead (to be honest the last decade has drained my interest/excitement significantly) but this just sounds like the same language that was being thrown around when we hired Ra. This guy is going to be awesome we need to give him the job now even though he might not… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  jcarruth
5 years ago

You’ve never heard of koetter? What have you lived under a rock? Koetter has been busy making guys like David garrard look like all pros. Not to mention his work with Matt Ryan.

mark2001
mark2001
5 years ago

Guys…this is pretty simple….keeping Koetter and the 5th rank offense, and same system for Jameis was more important than giving a 8-24 coach with bookend 4 loss beginning and ending of the season against teams, but one, that should have been wins. And this guy did it mostly without VJ, one starting WR, and below average TE. It is clear as glass boys.

LordJim
LordJim
5 years ago

1.) It’s not a Raheem situation. Raheem had never even been a coordinator in the pros and was younger than his players. That happened because the Glazers let Gruden become toxic in the press, didn’t want to spend any money on players, and they thought they could get Tomlin. They forgot that Tomlin inherited a stable franchise with six years of high draft picks, two veteran coordinators and lots of help from the officials. Oh, and he had also been a pro coordinator. 2.) Koetter’s been a head coach and a very successful O-coordinator I hope he has a Gruden… Read more »

matador
matador
5 years ago

I agree with mark2001. This is all about Winston and preserving continuity which means we already have our head coach. It’s a preemptive strike to keep K in the building. As usual I disagree with PR’s perspective and focus on the 8-24 record, etc. If they didn’t think K would leave I’m guessing Lovie would have gotten another year. Raheem was obviously unqualified, we knew that the day he was hired. I don’t hear anyone saying that about K

Iabucfan
Iabucfan
5 years ago

Question for PR, in order to comply with the Rooney Rule, who do you think the Bucs would/should interview? Thanks

seat26
seat26
5 years ago

Koetter is a good move. Winston just had over 4000 yds in his rookie year. Obviously we have our Franchise QB. In 40 yrs, I have seen this organization destroy the careers of several QB’s. We have to stop doing that.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Well said fredster. I know you and I have differed about Lovie but I see you take no glee in man losing his job. Let’s remember though, the Bucs fired Gruden and hired Morris for the exact same reasons and we saw how that worked out. But at the same time, I don’t see Koetter the same as the immature Morris who liked to go out on the town with his starting QB. Twistedwires you nailed it when you used the Bill Belichek comparison. I have used it often when people talk about how much they hated Lovie’s calm, cool,… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

Your sentiments are not here Drs. From what I’ve read, I know you can’t believe everything you read, they wanted Lovie to jettison some of his defensive staff and he didn’t want to. If that’s the case then he even more so deserved to be fired as his defensive staff, along with his son, were terrible. Except for hardy, love him. Should be an interesting offseason that’s for sure.

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

where’s drdneast? Those Glazer’s joined the “Lovie hater’s as drdneast would call anyone who wasn’t happy with Lovie’s leadership, defensive scheme, arrogance, and terrible coaching of players. So happy the Glazer’s fired him; I was not happy thinking we had to deal with Lovie for another year. Go Bucs!

jme0151
jme0151
5 years ago

First of all…Buc’s need to KNOW what they want in a head coach FIRST!!Is it a defensive head coach….offensive?? Then interview those types of coaches. Koetter would seem to fit if it’s an offensive head coach. I would rather see a younger defensive minded head coach but understand the want to keep Koetter in house. Bottom line…get the best coach available for their needs.

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
5 years ago

To begin, I like Koetter – seems to have a good handle on football, the NFL, players, and certainly offense. My concerns: 1) we just took the strongest part of our coaching staff and eliminated it…we now need an OC. 2) if Koetter expects to be both HC and OC, the history of that working is limited. 3) he was an excellent OC but his track record as a HC is mediocre at best. 4) This doesn’t help our defense at all, which was our weak point. Having said all of that, I probably would have done this too if… Read more »

Buc-Up
Buc-Up
5 years ago

They need to either hire Koetter and give him at least two years or bring in an offensive guru that caters to Winton’s skill set and give him at least three years. That way he gets three years in the same system. Can you name one successful QB that’s been successful that has had multiple OC’s in the beginning of their careers?

JayBuc52
JayBuc52
5 years ago

If they don’t hire Koetter, the firing Lovie is a complete disaster because anyone else that comes in will completely rebuild the staff. Starting from scratch for the 4th time since the Gruden years spells at least 3 more years of futility and retards the growth of Winston. If they do hire Koetter then they need to shore up a defense that has a lot of holes and poor coaching. There were some good players, but a lack of coaching created a revolving door and a lack of continuity on that side of the line of scrimmage. That leads to… Read more »

WiltheBrewer
WiltheBrewer
Reply to  JayBuc52
5 years ago

Right w/ ya JayBuc52…keep what worked, and fix what was broken. We can’t go back to square 1 w/ everything.

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

This was my last post on the Lovie Smith saga. ___________________________________________________________ Macabee December 28, 2015 2:32 am This is not meant to discourage dialogue on this issue. Please have your say, but for me this is a Glazer issue or non-issue if they see fit. I have no interest in trying to influence or decide for them. They are quiet owners who seldom make public their views. However, they have not in the past appeared hesitant or unwilling to make coaching changes. Previous coaches have been fired with better win/loss records. I trust they are aware of the current situation.… Read more »

martinii
martinii
5 years ago

I guess this post is more of a “what if exercise” for those of you who are better informed than me. I hope Koetter is chosen. Would a first time NFL coach earn less and thus offset the cost of paying 3 head coaches in 2016? Presumably Licht would consult him on a new OC which once hired would take control of the offense and allow Koetter to focus on the HC position. Would this affect his development of Jameis and other components of the Buc’s improved offense. Not having been exposed to Koetters leadership style would Licht have a… Read more »

jshumaker
jshumaker
Reply to  martinii
5 years ago

Why do you give a damn of how the coaches get paid?

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

Oc Coordinator goes to HC; QB Coach goes to OC. DC is another issue because they might bring in a 3-4 defensive scheme or stay in a 4-3. Whatever it will be, it will be a major change from what we had and I’m happy. McCoy could be traded and I bet all we get is a 2nd and a 3rd, but that would help to fill in the pieces. McCoy contract is huge. I’m excited as we get to see a new scheme coming forward in the Defense. I want so fired up players on the Defense playing as… Read more »

jme0151
jme0151
Reply to  Horse
5 years ago

Exactly. New defensive scheme and hope for something better because we had NO HOPE if things stayed the same. Trading McCoy would even work for me to if we got the compensation you mentioned Horse.

DesertBuc
DesertBuc
5 years ago

As a longtime Buc season ticket holder who went to the SB and then moved to PHX right as Koetter became coach at ASU I am leaning toward this being the right move if he is made coach. However, Buc fans should Google why he was let go at ASU. A big reason was his inability to recruit top talent (something he won’t have to worry about in the NFL) but his teams were very undisciplined both on and off the field. He also had an almost complete disregard for the importance of defense to a teams overall success. Having… Read more »

warren
warren
5 years ago

I like Koetter. But I’m not sure whether he was solely responsible for Winston’s success…perhaps it was as much the work of the QB coach. Herman Edwards made a good point when he said that if Koetter gets hired, it could create a locker room problem as players become suspicious of why a good head coach (in their opinion) was let go just to keep an OC when the team was (in their opinion) heading in the right direction…and perhaps there are other OCs just as capable as Koetter. I truly hope the Bucs make the right decision. If not,… Read more »

devasher
devasher
5 years ago

There is a reason why the Buccaneers have been a trainwreck since the Glazer babies took over reigns from Malcolm in the 2000’s, because they are idiots. So you really like your OC, who is getting some attention to be a HC. As a result you fire your own HC to promote him to no longer be your OC. That seems like a genius idea! Oh, the QB coach will now be the OC, great! That’s practically like having Koetter still be the OC, even if it isn’t. There is no doubt that Koetter was a huge improvement over a… Read more »

artpac
artpac
5 years ago

A few things, I heard that we let Lovie go with a phone call. Stay classy Bucs. 2. We were the 20th ranked scoring offense. And anyone who watched the Bucs knows that our let’s run Martin on 1st and 2nd down offense was extremely predictable. It looks like we will hire Koetter. I will get on board when that happens. But can we look at McDaniel, Kelly, and Hue Jackson first?

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

Don’t read into things that you don’t know about has to the how and why Lovie was fired. It’s pretty obvious to the majority of Buc Fans. Might I remind some of the fans that Lovie was with the Glazers all afternoon and I bet Lovie had a good idea that if the phone rang and it’s the Glazers wasn’t going to be good.

artpac
artpac
5 years ago

Also, I think the dolphins have or will in the next few days interview 11 candidates. Odds that Koetter gets that job, not high at all.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Horse, I posted right above you. Try using the scroll button. Cgmaster, I think you are agreeing with me but then you said you didn’t. But I agree with you in the fact if Loviedidn’t want to get rid of the DC and some of his coaches, then he needed to go. This is why you shouldn’t hire friends anf family for jobs. If your son goes home at 6 when he should be staying in the office till 8, are you going to fire him. Probably not. More important then losing Lovie and possibly Koetter is the fact we… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

Haha honestly I have no idea what the first sentance was I wrote there. I think the point I was trying to make was about the defensive staff being let go and Lovie didn’t want it. Then frazier, Byrd and Lovies son all got let go today as well so it’;s a strong possibility that is one of the reasons.

jshumaker
jshumaker
5 years ago

I guess that means that Frazier is also out. I think the head coach is clearly going to be Koetter. The next discussion is who moves in to take over for Frazier

grafikdetail
grafikdetail
5 years ago

Cleveland Browns South! Licht & Co. better knock the HC & coordinator hires along with the 2016 draft out the park… or this trainwreck just got worse…

jongruden
jongruden
5 years ago

I know Koetter well as an ASU Fan and I can tell you that while he made qb’s look good like Andrew Walter, Sam Keller (who he disciplined and kicked off team) and Rudy Carpenter he was never a good head coach here at ASU, had good offenses but terrible defense ASU Fan Base wanted him gone after losing terrible bowls to lesser teams like Hawaii in Hawaiin Bowl in 2006 and left with a barely above over record 40-34, so if I didn’t want him to be our ASU Coach why in Gods name do I want him to… Read more »

jongruden
jongruden
5 years ago

Side Note -Koetter ASU Team beat than Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano in 2005 Insight Bowl 45-40 ha

tulsiand24
tulsiand24
5 years ago

Has anyone considered Nick Saban yet? Im aware of his attitude towards the NFL and would likely need control of personnel but he always said his undoing was not having a quarterback. Wouldn’t tampa be a perfect fit for him? Don’t get me wrong dirk koetter is great but the last head coaching job he had was Arizona State, and what lost him his job there was his inability to acquire the right talent. Nick Saban i think has the perfect mindset we need; for one he;s a defensive minded coach which we desperately need, but he also has something… Read more »

tulsiand24
tulsiand24
5 years ago

Has anyone considered Nick Saban yet? Im aware of his attitude towards the NFL and would likely need control of personnel but he always said his undoing was not having a quarterback. Wouldn’t tampa be a perfect fit for him? Don’t get me wrong dirk koetter is great but the last head coaching job he had was Arizona State, and what lost him his job there was his inability to acquire the right talent. Nick Saban i think has the perfect mindset we need; for one he;s a defensive minded coach which we desperately need, but he also has that… Read more »

tulsiand24
tulsiand24
5 years ago

what about nick saban? defesive mind+ winning mindset

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

This is great Kabuki theater! Koetter is the pick and that’s ok with me. But the drama being sold as an extensive search is a farce! Check to see how many outside interviews Koetter makes and how many coaches on the offensive side of the ball are let go. I’m surprised they didn’t pay Frazier $20 to take the Rooney rule interview before he left to grease the skids. Think about it! Name a new coach that has ever come in and didn’t bring his own OC? As difficult as it will be to attract anybody worth a nickel for… Read more »

TAMPA23
TAMPA23
5 years ago

If I was the glazers sean McDermott would be head coach if dirk leaves so what the defense can’t be ignored