Rex Ryan Could Muddle Dirk Koetter Shot

January 7th, 2015

rexryanfeetNFL Network is buzzing this afternoon with word that Rex Ryan will get a second interview for the Falcons’ head coaching job.

Are their enough feet in Atlanta to entice Ryan? Regardless, this doesn’t smell like good news for the Bucs.

Tampa Bay doesn’t need a defensive wizard like Ryan in the NFC South. That’s a dangerous matchup for a rookie quarterback. And Joe’s on his knees begging the football gods for a rookie quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick.

But more important, a Ryan hire in Atlanta — very likely, given that owner Arthur Blank want sizzle and buzz from his team as they enter a brand new stadium — could mean Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter could stay put and continue calling plays for Atlanta.

Ryan’s a defense-first guy through and through, and why would he want to mess with a good Atlanta offense?

Remember, Koetter got permission to interview with the Bucs and other teams for their offensive coordinator gigs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the Falcons already signed away the rights to Koetter.

Joe suspects Koetter would be elated to keep working with Matt Ryan and friends. That’s a pretty sweet gig.

42 Responses to “Rex Ryan Could Muddle Dirk Koetter Shot”

  1. ChargedCBH Says:

    Rex Ryan doesn’t scare me! If he was that good he still have a job!

  2. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    Bucs are at a HUGE disadvantage with Lovie as HC…..

  3. McBuc Says:

    He will toughen up those soft birds.

    Just saw JW’s draft statement. I am sure joe is typing it up now.

  4. Scott Says:

    Damn I was worried about this, Dirk stays at Falcons, Trestman to Jags, Roman somewhere else.. Then who are we left with?

  5. cubarican84 Says:

    I enjoy the femininity and beauty of a gorgeous woman with cute well kept feet. As long as you aren’t a creep and loser about it, nothing wrong with a little foot fetish. So on that front, leave Rex alone! LOL. As far as him coaching the pigeons? Bring it. He is overrated, just like his brother.

  6. Dean Says:

    That scares the crap out of me. Rex is a GREAT defensive coach and we already know that the Falcons have a great receiving corps. That could turn the NFC South upside down for years to come. If Blank brings in Rex, keeps Koetter and follows Ryan’s principles of toughness, run the ball and great defense, then we got our hands full. Rex couldn’t find a QB in NY and that was the thing that held him back.
    In Atlanta they already have Ryan and their great receivers. Watch out.

  7. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    Aaroyo was looking better towards the end of the season

  8. Maze Says:

    Sweet pic Joe. New screensaver too? Haha

  9. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Great we need to strengthen the division. Strength can only be gained through elevated competition. Screw Koetter, Rob Chudzinski’s the better play anyway.

  10. mark2001 Says:

    Ryan would destroy the dirty birds. Good luck with him, Atlanta…and I mean that sarcastically.

  11. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    • Rob Chudzinski – Offensive Coordinator
    • Chan Gailey – Senior Offensive Asst.
    • Jim Zorn – Quarterbacks Coach
    • Aaron Kromer – Offensive Line Coach

    “Study long, study wrong”

  12. pick6 Says:

    rex made built his reputation on darelle revis’ ability to blow up the gameplans of elite QBs in the playoffs. i’m not sure his teams ever touched double digit wins, as his OL aged and the running game disintegrated as did the entire offense. and everytime the jets tried to take that “next step”, they went further backwards. still, just like dungy, i fear that when you give him the type of QB that lets the offense hold up its end (mark sanchez wasn’t that), he will be able to reach another level like dungy did. i’d rather he stay out of Atlanta

  13. Tye Says:

    Let’s be real about it, with Lovie Smith as the Bucs HC, they make the teams around them look better…. Rex as the Falcons HC is going to have a huge impact on the Bucs whether people want to believe it or not…. He has had years of experience going up against Bill Belichek 2 times a year…

  14. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    • Rob Chudzinski – Offensive Coordinator
    • Chan Gailey – Senior Offensive Asst.
    • Jim Zorn – Quarterbacks Coach
    • Aaron Kromer – Offensive Line Coach

    Each one of the above coaches strengths… complement the other’s weaknesses

  15. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    “Are their enough feet in Atlanta to entice Ryan?”

    Wrong “there”

    I suspect there is someone in the playoffs that they are looking at, or they are just waiting for both QBs to declare.

    If Mariota does not declare, I guess we’ll be stuck with you know who.

  16. matt Says:

    Jamis Winston has declared for the draft!!

  17. Dave Pear Says:

    Add the St. Louis Rams to the list of teams in search of a new OC.
    Brian Schottenheimer has left the team to be the new OC for the Georgia Bulldogs.

  18. Brian D Says:

    Trestman! Trestman! Trestman!

  19. MTM Says:

    Rex in Atlanta. Not worried… I’m more worried about Licht and Smith in Tampa.

  20. Robert 9 Says:

    Rex in Atlanta should worry people. The Jets are my wifes team (shi**y footbal year in our house) and those guys bring the defense.

    He’s a blitz guru that will split out QB in two. Him on a team with a good offense is a scary thought let alone in our division.

    hello 3-13 2015 bucs

  21. mikeh Says:

    now the glazers will see another real coach in the nfc south!

  22. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I was a big Koetter supporter because of his connection with the Oregon program his close personal association with Helfrich would have made him perfect to mentor Mariota.

    If he’s not available….then I’ll toss in with Luvmybucs. We could do a lot worse than his lineup which makes sense to me.

    • Rob Chudzinski – Offensive Coordinator
    • Chan Gailey – Senior Offensive Asst.
    • Jim Zorn – Quarterbacks Coach
    • Aaron Kromer – Offensive Line Coach

  23. mikeh Says:

    lovie dovie will wait! just like I said 3 weeks ago. the pinhead will wait until the best coordinators are gone then hire some hack! that can take the fall if they suck!!!!

  24. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    You may be right but that is actually stupid logic on the part of Lovie. The ONE thing Lovie could do to INSURE a third year as head coach would be hire a really talented OC…draft the Heisman of the OC’s choice and then simply make sure the defense plays well.

    In that scenario barring a defensive collapse Lovie will be given a pass and he should. He’ll simply say I turned it over to this OC with the big rep and let him pick the best QB in the draft. It’s not my fault. And Lovie will be right.

    If Lovie picks an OC and let’s him really run the offense then I’d breathe a sigh of relief. If Lovie tries to interject himself into the offense or play calling I’m truly frightened!

  25. Robert 9 Says:

    rex to atlanta would not be good for us at all.

    L&L are bad enough withought a defensive guru to go against. lol

    70-0 next year?

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I see one real problem with the OC search…..on one hand the Bucs can pick the brain of the prospect in regards to which QB they like and why….they can also check their thoughts on Glennon…

    But it’s hard for it to work the other way……OCs will want to know which QB that L&L are interested in…..and if Glazers are on board….and that information is likely to be kept a secret.

  27. ihateloviesmith Says:

    my question is mainly to you joe, but honestly, everybodys input is welcome, what do you think about marty schottenheimer, is he retired completely from the league, or is he on another teams staff in one capacity or another, do you think he would make a good O.C. and do you think he would even be interested if offer was on the table what do all you buc fans think?

  28. Rrsrq Says:

    It will take Rex a couple years to turn that defense into something, they are soft like, Michael Johnson soft. By the time he does that he will be forced to scheme against a much better Bucs offense. That whole team in ATL is usually in the tub.

  29. BK Says:

    What happened to your confidence in the almighty Winston? Rex’s DEF will be like swiss cheese based on the 1,459 articles previously written about the greatness that is Winston. You either believe he is the second coming of Joe Montana or not. Be consistent in what you spout. I will be glad this is over when they announce Mariota. lol I mean your track record on QBs is not great…last year it was the idiot Manziel…but oh yeah every 10,000 word you did mention Bridgewater…way to put it all on the line big guy.

    This bucs team will only get better when Lovie is gone. Some birds just dont change their feathers no matter how long they spend in the basement unemployed watching film.

  30. MTM Says:

    @ mikeh – I agree with your statement.

    I start to wonder if Lovie surrounds himself with an incompetent coaching staff in fear they may replace him down the round.

  31. BoJim Says:

    Pfft. Ryan’s an amateur. I’ve licked more woman’s feet then he could ever imagine.

  32. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Chan Gailey (Semi-Retired. Great Choice for Senior Offensive Asst.)

    -Previous Head Coaching Experience
    -Former Quarterback
    -10 years of as Asst. NFL Coach (4 of those teams reached the Super Bowl, 7 Division Champions)

    Gailey’s worked with, and gained the respect of two Hall of Famers
    • John Elway
    • Troy Aikman

    Can adapt scheme to fit personnel (ref)
    • Neil O’Donnell ← Best Years Under Gailey
    • Kordell Steward ← Best Years Under Gailey
    • Ryan Fitzpatrick ← Best Years Under Gailey

  33. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    10 years of *experience as Asst. NFL Coach (4 of those teams reached the Super Bowl, 7 Division Champions)

  34. mikeh Says:

    I think Atlanta would definitely be better with rex he didn’t lose because of his defense that’s for sure.

  35. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Jim Zorn (QB Coach)

    (Career highlights and awards)
    • TD-INT 111–141
    • Yards 21,115
    • QB Rating 67.3
    • AP Second-Team All-Pro (1978)
    • Seahawks Ring of Honor

    • (Matt Hasselbeck)
    In 2003, Zorn tutored Matt Hasselbeck who set a franchise record with 3,841 passing yards. Hasselbeck has become the franchise’s most-efficient passer (85.1 rating) while joining Zorn as the only Seahawks’ quarterback to pass for 3,000-plus yards in three consecutive seasons.

    • (Joe Flacco)
    On January 30, 2010 Zorn was hired by the Baltimore Ravens as their quarterbacks coach, to replace Hue Jackson, who had departed to the Oakland Raiders. Under Zorn, quarterback Joe Flacco reached career high totals in touchdowns (25) and quarterback rating (93.6), as well as a career-low 10 interceptions.

  36. Buctebow Says:

    It’s a game of musical chairs and the Bucs will not have a seat at the end of the music. What would entice a top OC to come here over the other opportunities that are available? We have earned the reputation of being the choice of last resort. Yes, in the end, someone will justify it in their mind with the pleasant climate, beautiful surroundings, outdoor activities, no state tax etc, but they would only choose the Bucs, because they weren’t offered anything better (can you say scrapheap, or another college coach “wanna be in the NFL”). Sort of like what happened with Bo Jackson (Don’t draft me, I won’t play for the Bucs), but now with coaches (and FA’s).

  37. Self-proclaimed GM Says:

    I don’t see why anyone is worried about Rex Ryan. His teams fall apart….they fail. I would absolutely LOVE for Rex to be the next coach of the Falcons. We will be one step closer to winning the South. I hope they hire him. We just need an offense. If we can get an average offense on the field we are in the game.

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  39. CC Says:

    Watch as Lovie screws up the OC position again.
    In Lovie we bust!

  40. Stanglassman Says:

    19 years ago Koetter coached in Oregon for one season. So this would make him a great coach for Marcus M.? I just don’t understand this reasoning.

  41. HolyBuc Says:

    Not sure I agree with Koetter connection but Mark Helfrich Oregon’s HC just said that Koetter and Chip Kelly are his mentors and had the most influence on him as a coach. Coached under Koetter for 9 seasons.

  42. Fort Myers Dave Says:

    MTM said:

    I start to wonder if Lovie surrounds himself with an incompetent coaching staff in fear they may replace him down the round.

    Good point: I think when the Bucs hire an OC we will have a clear indication if Lovie is afraid of hiring a potential replacement. His seat could become very hot if the Bucs start off 1-5 or so again next year and if a potential replacement is on staff there is a possibility he could get the pink slip like the Raiders did to their skipper this year….