Dirk Koetter No. 73

June 24th, 2015
Influential claims theMMQB.

Influential, claims theMMQB.

Yes, in the season when the NFL slumbers, Joe continues to tap away on his laptop. The NFL may take a six-week vacation but Joe does not, even when he is on vacation.

At a trendy hotel in Miami Beach, where guests entering the lobby are overwhelmed with the heavy smell of sunscreen, Joe slaves away.

(At times down here, Joe thinks he is in a Central American resort. Half the guests don’t seem to know a word of English. At a Cuban cafe down the street — excellent coffee — they couldn’t comprehend Joe’s demand to hold the eggs. WTH? Even McDonald’s can figure this out — after about six minutes of research.)

At any rate, theMMQB.com is pumping out a list of the most important, influential people in the NFL. The list is pretty good, thoughtful, sans the hysterical inclusion of Rachel Nichols.

Coming in at No. 73 is none other than Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Emily Kaplan explains why.

73. Dirk Koetter, Offensive Coordinator, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

He’s the man tasked with tailoring Jameis Winston into franchise-quarterback form, and fast. With Tampa going all-in on the electrifying (and controversial) Winston, the 56-year-old Koetter has no margin for error. The offensive coordinator struggled with rookie Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars in 2011 and needs to prove those failures were due to circumstance, not his ability to develop young QBs. He is coming off a solid three-year run with Atlanta, but the Bucs provide a much different challenge. Tampa has one of the league’s youngest offenses—according to the Philly Voice’s annual calculations, the Bucs’ average starter is 25.73—and Koetter is trying to create something durable while squeezing the most out of the talented but at times erratic Winston. All eyes may be on Winston this fall, but Koetter will feel equal, if not more, pressure.

Not much there to argue, but Joe will not lay blame for Blaine Gabbert at the feet of Koetter. Gabbert was beyond a reach of a pick, a gimmicky spread quarterback.

By any measure, Jim Harbaugh is a damned good quarterback coach, right? Just look at the guys he molded. He even resurrected Alex Smith’s career. Yet even he couldn’t do anything with Gabbert.

Joe has a hunch the marriage between Koetter and “America’s Quarterback,” Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston, will be just fine.

8 Responses to “Dirk Koetter No. 73”

  1. WS99 Says:

    Go Koetter! You are number 1 in Tampa. Go bucs!!

  2. Ben the GA Buc Says:

    If the talent is there, and with Winston, we know it is, Koetter will know what to do. Funny how Emily doesn’t mention Matt Ryan. Koetter did a great job with him and offense wasn’t the problem the last couple of years in ATL.

  3. Buccfan37 Says:

    You may as well be in a foreign country. Miami Dollfans and their fans. YUK!

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    I heard a rumor that if Lovie does not produce soon,. he is going to be let go, and Koetter is going to be named our next head coach.
    This “rumor” came from a drunk Hockey Fan, at a Buffalo Wild Wings though ….

  5. Dave Pear Says:

    @Chris the roof guy,
    You should have just said you heard this from “An anonymous reliable source.”
    It’s probably just the same thing this time of year.

  6. Dewey Selmon Says:

    In a perfect world Dirk would be hc/oc and Lovie was dc. Dirk will be gone in 3 years as a hc somewhere.

  7. The original "Kevin" Says:

    Its a mariage between lovie and winston. Koetter being our oc guarantees us nothing on how long he will be here. I like lovie but he is not an offensive minded coach. This league requires offensive creativity. I would be much more comftorable if lovie were our dc and koeyrer wete out head coach. But I guess beggers cant be choosers ill be happy unitl its time to be sad….( the day koetter gets swooped up by another team to be theyre head coach)

  8. SoFlo Buc Says:

    Ft LAUDERDALE next time Joe if you want to feel at home.