Will Tennessee Make A Play For Dirk Koetter?

November 26th, 2015

Mariota2If you were Tennessee Titans ownership, a team that just drafted Marcus Mariota and dumped its head coach, who would you want to be your next quarterback-guru-in-chief?

Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter would have to be on your short list.

And this is why Joe can’t sleep at night without Valium, Southern Comfort, or the comforting and distracting cleavage of a giving woman.

Keep your head in the sand if you wish, but a bunch of NFL coaches will be fired in 39 short days. And Tennessee and Miami already have canned their head men.

Koetter, 56, will be at least a warm candidate after the job he’s done this season with America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, and the Bucs’ offense, in addition to his resumé of success with Matt Ryan and David Garrard.

There’s a real urgency here for the Bucs to make sure Koetter doesn’t get away. Jameis losing his offensive coordinator is unthinkable. And unless Koetter gets the “Assistant Head Coach” label on his contract, then he can interview and negotiate for any NFL head coaching job.

Team Glazer needs to swoop in and entice Koetter with their checkbook. Simple as that, as Lovie Smith likes to say.

Remember, Koetter already has explained that his wife likes to spend money. Perhaps he — and she — can be enticed.

Think Doug Martin is the Bucs’ most important potential free agent? It’s Koetter, not Martin.

43 Responses to “Will Tennessee Make A Play For Dirk Koetter?”

  1. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Agree that we should do all we can to keep Koetter including $$$ and the “assistant coach” title if necessary.

    If that doesn’t work we simply need to hope that Bajakian has learned well in his year of apprenticeship under Koetter. He has been #3’s QB coach and from all indications he and #3 have a good relationship. As long as we don’t lose both at least there will be some continuity.

  2. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Normally I would like a little more sample size, but in the case of Koettter, I’m completely sold. He is proven, and I am terrified at the thought of losing him. I still have nightmares about our meltdown after Kiffin announced he was leaving. Let’s not let it happen again.

  3. Kevin Says:

    this is the way other teams are thinking. If this guy can go down to Tampa, and make the BUCS offense look good, he’s a genius. He needs to be our head coach. The Glaziers CANNOT let this guy go. I don’t want to see Lovie go either but if it’s one or the other….I politely ask Lovie Smith to take a demotion to keep koetter on the team. Brady has bellicheat, brees has peyton, rodgers and mccarthy, to allow cuter to slip through the cracks and winston lose him would be a disaster.

    Hopefully Koetter has no desire to be a head coach….but I doubt that will be the case

  4. BucYeah Says:

    I say move Koetter to head coach, pay him, and move Lovie to defensive coordinator, if the want to keep him. That way the Bucs are protected against losing Koetter.

  5. LargoBuc Says:

    Lovie as HC has to have some contingency plan. Losing a coordinator is the norm and is no excuse for mediocrity.
    Now, that dosent mean we dont do everything in our power to keep him. Give him money, make his the highest paid non head coach, make him asst head coach, give him 99.9% control of all things offense, including staff. Make it so that he makes so much money here, the little bit extra he makes as a HC wont be worth it considering all the stress.

  6. kaput Says:

    Speculation at its best.

    Yes, I’d take a look at him if I were an owner with a job opening.

    But there is NOTHING out there that suggests his name is a hot one.

  7. Strider.... Sec 146 Says:

    I think chip Kelly is going to Tennessee he wants mariota!!!

  8. Dave Says:


    I agree. Chip is going to TN. Plus the TN ownership knows what Chip and Marcus can do. Dirk has JW and Matty Ice… Two pocket guys. Marcus would be a different offense for him entirely (and no, I don’t count his brief stint with Garrard)

    Regardless, teams will want him and there is nothing that can be done if he wants to be a HC.
    Hopefully they can throw done cash his way and convince him to stay 2 more years.
    Stability with a young QB the first couple of years is absolutely crucial !

  9. Elle Says:

    I have no doubts that Koetter has already attracted the attention of owners/GMs looking for a new HC, but to say that he’ll surely leave for a HC gig somewhere else… well, it’s no sure bet. He’s doing well in Tampa Bay, no doubt, but so are other coordinators across the league. He might be a finalist somewhere, but who knows if he’ll get picked for the job in the end. Nothing that can be done anyway. I hope he’ll stay another year and finish what he has started. That way, he could get an even better job later down the road and a more lucrative contract.

  10. Howard Cosell Says:

    Good job, Joe.
    Fight the good fight.


  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Let me see…..was Koetter all in for Jameis to be the number one pick?……if that is true….should Tenn consider him for Mariota?….

    Or….was Koetter in Mariota’s corner all along?

    Who really knows?

    None of that matters a great deal….but just a thought!!!

  12. Waterboy Says:

    If I’m not mistaking I think Tennessee’s current interim coach was the guy that molded Matt Ryan during his early years in the league. I think he was Atlanta’s offensive coordinator prior to leaving and taking a had coaching job in Jacksonville. Koetter didn’t take over as OC in Atlanta until around 2012. My point in saying this is Mariota currently has a very good offensive coordinator with success grooming young QB’s.

  13. Geno714 Says:

    How does an assistant HC title keep someone from leaving for a HC job? I’m pretty sure that title only keeps people from leaving for coordinator jobs. Love the Bucs did with Marinelli when he was their DL coach. There is no way to prevent someone for leaving for a HC job without just paying them HC money like the Bucs did with Monte.

  14. Buccfan37 Says:

    I don’t see Koetter going anywhere besides back with the Bucs.

  15. Ed Says:

    Agree with the chip kelly to tenn posts. Perfect spot for him he will have his qb and a proven dc. If he doesnt take a collage job thats where he wil be coaching next year.

  16. Kevin Says:

    Waterboy….Matt ryans numbers improved when Koetter arrived in ATL. Before that they were similar to Mike Glennons numbers

  17. Supersam Says:

    There wasa rumor swirling around that Keotter preferred Mariota over Winston, if that is true, we can say goodbye to him because he will be running out the door to Tennesese as soon as the season is over. Sucks.

  18. ATrain Says:

    Koetter to Head Coach.

    Lovie to the basement.

    This turn around I’d Koetter all the way. Offense is clicking, Jamies is taking a leader role , and Defense is not on the field the whole game.

    You know why we were losing in the 4th Defense was tired.

    I also think Lovie has let the OC and DC do their jobs.


  19. Supersam Says:

    I would almost be willing to fire Lovie after the season and promote Keotter to head coach. The only reason this team is any good is solely because of Keotter.

  20. Walter Says:

    Koetter might wanna stick around with Jameis, he must love having a guy with that much potential to work with

  21. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    How can he not stay….

    Just think…..he’d be missing out on “Welcome Back Koetter”

  22. JohnnyRed Says:

    Tenn might have MM who will probably be a very good QB in this league but remember in Tampa he has JW who will be at least as good if not better along with a great young O-line that we all know is not easy to put together and a great stable of RBs especially if we can keep DM, not to mention a good receiver Corp that will get better when health allows. You can be a great coach but without talent it’s tough to succeed. Of course we have proven that talent without coaching is a recipe for disaster too. Hopefully we can keep this staff together and build something special in Tampa. Koeter might look to New England to realize that being a great offensive coordinator is easier than being a great head coach.

  23. JohnnyRed Says:

    “Koetter” not Koeter. Sorry Coach.

  24. BucTrooper Says:

    Koetter will be a head coach… of the Bucs. He’s going to get the job when Lovie crashes and burns. He’s our Jimbo Fisher.

  25. godzilla13 Says:

    How can any of you call for Lovie to be let go after the progress this team has made? Who brought Koetter in? Lovie. Where would Koetter be if not for Jameis Winston? Yes, Dirk Koetter has been instrumental in the turnaround of the offense as well as the training of Winston but how does that make people say that removing Lovie and promoting Koetter is the answer? Believe it folks, Lovie Smith has more to do with this teams resurgence then Dirk Koetter.

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’m not so sure demoting Lovie & promoting Koetter works….contractually….I don’t see Lovie agreeing to that…..And, I don’t think he can be forced to.

    Lovie has to be given credit for Koetter & Jameis….perhaps also the decision to go for 2 Oline in the 2nd round along with Evans, Sims, ASJ and the high number of offensive draftees.

  27. Bucco Brice Says:

    We had our chance to promote Koetter to head coach when things were bad earlier. Now…we are stuck with Lovie and Koetter might leave…It’s a Bucs Life, again 🙁

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    My opinion differs from Joe and a few others as well. I think it’s JW that will make Koetter look like a rock star. I’m not discrediting Koetter. I just believe that Jameis will learn and execute any playbook you throw at him. I like Koetters playcalling though, but I don’t think if he leaves that it will hinder JW’s development at all. Of course I’m in favor of him staying as of now, he’s the best we’ve had in 10 years.

  29. BucTrooper Says:

    Just make him assistant head coach in the offseason.

  30. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    My sentiments exactly Godzilla! So many of these people up here blame Lovie for all the bad things that has happened but he makes some obvious changes and now the Bucs are getting better but they refuse to give him any credit . It’s simply ridiculous their putrid hatred of him. He’s the one who hired Lich ,Koetter and championed for Jameis. He’s stubborn but far from stupid or incompetent like they like to call him. He and Licht make a goid team and so do Koetter and Jameis. Besides the Glazers have the right to deny any team from interviewing him anyways. The offense has come along nicely and only needs a true speed burner at 3rd receiver and more depth at receiver. The Glazers see the improvement so no way they let him out of his contract.

  31. LargoBuc Says:

    Lovie brought Koetter in. So Lovie gets credit. Just like he got blame for Marcus Arroyo, despite that situation being out of his hands. Everyone saying Fire Lovie and Promote Koetter are just plain stupid. Sorry, but its the most clueless, moronic, ignorant thing to say. Finally starting to get some hard earned respect and then these idiots gotta open their mouths.

  32. BoltIsle Says:

    Lets say Koetter wanted Marcus at the beginning. He sure seems to enjoy what he’s got to work with now. He knows that Jaboo is making him look as good as he’s making Jaboo look.
    Worst case scenario with Koetter…….Jameis is going to be as great a recruiting tool for coaches as he will for free agents. The tone of all those who have played and coached with him says it all.

  33. Gooberville Says:

    Kelly is tanking the Eagles so he can be Mariotas new coach.

  34. ATrain Says:

    So the QB makes the Coach?

    And now a Rookie QB makes a veteran Coach.

    Y’all make me piss my pants laughing at the ignorance.

    Koetter made Matt Ryan…How’s he doing the season..not as good..

    Lovie brought in Koetter true but Helen Keller would know he is a great coach.

    Lovie gets all the credit for Jamies…Koetter is making Jamies

  35. Buccfan37 Says:

    I won’t lose any sleep if Koetter goes elsewhere. It is the QB that makes the OC.

  36. ATrain Says:

    Really..So since we have Jamies we can hire anyone…

    Coaching doesn’t matter then ..Any Coach will do. We should win Super Bowl next year..


  37. ATrain Says:

    By the way Stafford is a great QB how’s that working in Detriot

  38. ATrain Says:


    Dang Joe fix this site a few less ads

  39. orlbucfan Says:

    I agree with Godzilla13. Lovie is the guy who brought in Koetter after Mike Smith got the axe. Lovie will bring in another good OC if Koetter splits. I can’t see Koetter leaving right now. He’s building that offense, and it will take one more season (at least) to finish the job. This offense will be the best one Tampa Bay has ever had.

  40. Buc1987 Says:

    ATrain Says:
    November 26th, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    “Really..So since we have Jamies we can hire anyone…

    Coaching doesn’t matter then ..Any Coach will do. We should win Super Bowl next year..


    Yes that’s precisely what I’m saying. Jameis would be great no matter what team he went to. That’s just the way it is. Of course it would have to be a 1/2 way decent competent OC. Look Jameis is on the level of Peyton Manning in football smarts. He should be calling his own plays within 3 years or most of them anyways. So yes JW came into the NFL to take any coach along for the ride. He just happens to be a Buc. Be “thankful.”

  41. ATrain Says:


    So you know football Sooo well you know Jamies is the next Peyton..

    So what NFL team do you work for…Because if you don’t you are talking out your rear or really dumb because teams would pay very well to have someone who could pick sure picks

  42. Buc1987 Says:

    By Tadd Haislop

    Stuff that I read about before the draft that YOU may have forgotten.

    “Jameis Winston is making doubters doubt their own doubt. The Florida State quarterback has impressed scouts, coaches and media this weekend on and off the field at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis about as much as he could have.”

    “Few — if any, at this point — knock the 21-year-old for his ability to play the position. Some scouts even consider Winston’s football IQ to be as strong as that of Peyton Manning, perhaps the smartest NFL quarterback of all time, according to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman.”

    And now from our MORONIC Jameis hater from the very beginning’s greatest hits…

    ATrain Says:
    April 27th, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Look at everything and you have to stop and question What will happen after he is boosted higher, given millions and is the Man on the National level…Actions are what tell me about a person…I know he has been out of trouble for a year, But he has been watched like a Hawk because a lot of people are on the Winston get paid train…

    I hope this kid gets it and does well for the Bucs sake… I just have a fear he doesn’t get it….

    ATrain Says:
    March 31st, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    “Can someone tell me how this awesome can do it all QB Winston has to work on his foot work…TBO reported the QB coach is happy Winston is working on his foot work. Why ?
    But everybody is worried about Mariota working on taking a snap under center..
    This is Too Funny…Winston to Tampa.
    Next Year Bucs to Los Angeles..”

    ATrain Says:
    April 21st, 2015 at 10:18 am

    “87 aka Winston will be singing..

    “Love is in the Air” when Winston is drafted.

    And next year he will be singing a little known country tune called “Winston sucks, my dog is dead, and my truck wont start but I still love him”

    ATrain Says:
    April 21st, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Winston Winston Winston

    Shout his name again..

    The outcome will be the same..

    His head will explode from all of the attention

    And he will same a place with Johnny Football in the Hall of Shame..

    I may be wrong but I maybe right..and if I am right 87 will need counseling…


    Build him up some more it will only make the fall harder..”

  43. Buc1987 Says:

    ATrain…You continue to question me on JW and I have no idea why.

    Nothing you said about him in the past has turned out to be true.

    That’s not so with my past comments about him….why question me now?