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BREAKING – Buccaneers promote offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to head coach

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will take the reins as head coach following the firing of L


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will take the reins as head coach following the firing of Lovie Smith. Koetter’s elevation provides quarterback Jameis Winston with continuity after a rookie season where he showed why he was taken number one overall. Although the Buccaneers’ 6 – 10 record was an improvement on the 2 – 14 mark set in 2014, Buccaneers ownership decided that Smith was not the right man to take the team forward, and with interest in Koetter from other teams with head coaching vacancies, this may prove to be a shrewd move on their part. Koetter has previous head coaching experience in college, having led Boise State and Arizona State. He has also served as the offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons, working with Atlanta during some of Matt Ryan’s best years. The major issue for Tampa Bay this past season has been penalties, with the Bucs second only to the Bills in 2015 for the amount of penalties against them. Koetter’s major job will be instilling some discipline into what is largely a young squad. His experience, and indeed success, in college means that he should be able to find a way to relate to stars such as Jameis Winston, Mike Evans and Austin Sefarian – Jenkins and get the best out of them. Tampa Bay hasn’t been the most stable job for a head coach since Jon Gruden’s firing in 2009, with Koetter becoming the fourth head coach since then. He will know that the Glazer family and GM Jason Licht will be expecting results quickly, or else the search will soon begin for Koetter’s replacement.


Pete Hallifax

I'm a fan of all sports, but cover NFL here. Nobody was more shocked than I was that the Patriots won Super Bowl 51.

BREAKING – Buccaneers promote offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to head coach

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