Dirk Koetter: The First 76 Days

March 25th, 2015

Lovie Smith weighed in on his new offensive coordinator today.

You could argue new Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will be a savior of the franchise. (Did you miss what Jack Del Rio told Joe yesterday?)

Compared to the Tampa Bay coordinator situation last year, Koetter is a godsend. Joe asked Lovie Smith about Koetter today at the NFL Owners Meetings in Phoenix.

JoeBucsFan.com: Now that you’ve had a couple of months to really work with Dirk Koetter and dive in there with him, can you give some details as to what he’s all about, what makes him special?

Lovie Smith: Well, of course, that’s a process still, because we’re [involved] in player evaluation, but we’re putting in our offensive system right now. What I’ve seen from Dirk, is he’s exactly who I thought he was from the outside. I’ve worked with a lot of coaches and some coaches that have worked with Dirk, but what they said and what I thought is what I’ve seen: very detailed, great offensive mind, tutor. You know, his expertise is the quarterback position. We haven’t had a chance to work with the player, but what he’s done with the staff, letting everybody of course be involved. And just the plan that we’re going to have going forward. He’s not a rookie coming in. He’s done it before and had success running the football, leading with the passing game. That’s what I feel comfortable with right now.

Joe can’t express Lovie’s body language and emphasis in quotes, but what really stood out to Joe was the way Lovie emphasized how Koetter has worked with the staff.

The Bucs really were devoid of quality leadership on offense when Jeff Tedford went down in August. Why Lovie couldn’t fix that is an old discussion, but it must be very refreshing for Lovie to have an third-time NFL offensive coordinator in the building.

20 Responses to “Dirk Koetter: The First 76 Days”

  1. Tom T Says:

    I wanted Kirk around game 10 last year so I am thrilled with him in Tampa!

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    Just please don’t announce that the offense will be kept secret for the regular season!

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    Wow and nothing about how they have been designing “special” plays for Mariota like SuperSam has led me to believe…

    I knew I couldn’t trust that guy. 🙂

  4. RustyRhinos Says:

    @Buc1987 Or any words about special plays for Winston either..
    Nothing like objectivity.

  5. buccinfan Says:


  6. bucs4lyfe Says:

    yet another hire/signing the head coach wont get credit for

  7. Ray Rice Says:

    76 is the amount of points the offense is going to need to score to win the first two games of the season.

  8. drdneast Says:

    Let it be notated that the always predictable Ray Rice notched the first anti-Buc negative post on the board.
    He’s only first because Tom Edrington or Dallas Buc haven’t posted yet.
    Ray Rice is not a fan of the Bucs and is a troll.

  9. robert 9 Says:

    buc4lyfe….your lovefest for lovie is comical

    Koetter did not get the HC gigs, and FL is a pretty easy relo from GA, and there is nowhere to go but up from 2-14.

    perfect scenario, even if any other moron was running the ship. in fact having a moron running the ship and the opportunity to have his job in a short amount of time is another lure.

    your beyond ignorant, biased etc.

  10. drdneast Says:

    Robert 9, if you hate the Bucs so vehemently as your posts indicate, why do you even come here.
    KOh, I forgot, because you are a troll and a fan of another team.
    Your continued anti-Buc and anti-Lovie rhetoric is just as biased yet based on nothing more than sheer hatred.
    You are just so pathetic.

  11. robert 9 Says:

    ya got some brown $hit on yer nose there dryeast

  12. Buctebow Says:

    I wonder if Koetter’s hair will be completely gray by the end of the season!? I am thrilled that we have him, he does give me hope for organized play calling and actually executing some plays.

  13. The Real Malloy Says:

    I’m with drdneast…tired of all the negativity. Get a hobby bob9…go exercise, something..

  14. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    Here is the real nugget from your piece!!!

    He’s done it before and had success running the football, leading with the passing game. That’s what I feel comfortable with right now.

    That sent tingles up my leg! Success running the football by LEADING with the passing game. Welcome to the 21st Century Lovie. I wasn’t sure he had it in him. That’s the new NFL. Throw to create a run game not the old dinosaur way of running to set up the passing game.

  15. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Yeah I’m with ddneast, buc4lyfe and robert.

    2-14 sucks!!! We all get that!!! That WAS the 2014 Bucs. We’re now talking about the 2015 Bucs!

    Is the glass half full or half empty. You can pick your choice, largely depends on your personality, but to act like it’s totally empty is simply not accurate and negative hyperbole.

  16. The original "Kevin" Says:

    I wish the bucs would do hard knocks next season….it would be nice to see our logo on a tv screen more than twice every 365 days…

    then again, winning will help that as well…

  17. The original "Kevin" Says:

    Oh my god imagine AP running for us…..hopefullt Simms beefs up and turns into an allstar next season

  18. drdneast Says:

    Wow Robert 9, your last response was so eloquent and educated. Tell me Robert 9, does the 9 represent your age or your IQ.

  19. danati74 Says:

    I will be happy when Koetter makes it to the regular season.

  20. Dreambig Says:

    God help me, I am starting to drink the kool aide. For the first time in decades, we will have a potential franchise QB (either one) and at the same time arguably the most accomplished OC we have ever had. One who will know how to develope our baby QB. We have the receivers, decent running backs and time to fix the Oline. This could be the beginning of something different. Ya gotta love the off season! We’re all undefeated and the sky looks so blue! Damn, this kool aide needs more vodka!