Dirk Koetter And The Bucs

January 13th, 2016
Smoke screen?

Smoke screen?

Yes, Joe knows offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter interviewed with the Bucs yesterday.

Joe has other news: Joe woke up this morning, brushed his teeth, showered and poured a hot mug of coffee to jump-start the day.

Koetter, widely believed to be the top candidate to take over for jettisoned Lovie Smith, would have made news if he didn’t interview for the job.

Well, leave it to the Custodian of Canton to chime in. That would be eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune. He believes Koetter was a candidate to take over for Lovie at some point soon after he walked into One Buc Palace.

Kaufman has other nuggets in his Twitter timeline about the subject that are worth browsing.

Of course, as Joe stated earlier this morning, Team Glazer is predictably unpredictable. While Koetter sure looks to be the guy, all bets are off.

33 Responses to “Dirk Koetter And The Bucs”

  1. OnlyGodnoles Says:

    Morning Joe…it’s going to be a long Wednesday for that rock star former GM

  2. Kingpin Says:

    I think Dirk needs to stay our OC. No reason we should think he will do better as a HC. I will be impressed if they can hire a coach with a lot of success in the NFL and keep Dirk as OC. Otherwise were just rolling the dice again and hoping it works.

  3. DayOnePaul Says:

    Good morning Jason,

    My brothers and I are flying up to Tuscaloosa for a few days, to make a run at OUR number one choice for head coach. In the meantime, I want you to spearhead the search for the Buccaneers next head coach, while we are gone. Should we strike out with our guy, I want you to have the vetting process already in motion. We’ll know by Wednesday if he has any interest at all. And of course, you’ll be an integral part of any prospective hiring. We’ll let you know immediately what we find.

    ~ Joel

  4. BrianBucs Says:

    As we all know, the Glazers might be trying to make a big splash here with this hiring, but hiring Dirk as head coach kind of seems like a no-brainer

  5. University of Seffner Says:

    If Koetter ain’t hired today, He’s probably on his way out of the here.

  6. M.Stevbobucfan Says:

    My question for you Joe is who could the bucs be waiting on….Sabans free he also didn’t do well in his first nfl stint maybe they thinking about the progress Carroll had coming back to the nfl but remember Carroll coached a number of years in the nfl as a H.C and Saban only 2 or maybe they’re waiting for someone on the playoff team which I just don’t see a strong candidate who has had great success in the nfl…give me a clue

  7. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Still believe Koetter will stay on OC, because he will not receive a HC offer. Then we can hire someone else to be the HC. And promote Koetter to asst HC.

  8. Mr. T Says:

    There is no way Koetter is going anywhere after the successful turnaround of the offense last season. I see the Bucs most likely making him HC and if not doing everything they can to keep him as OC..

  9. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    Hire Matt Patricia. U heard it here first, he’s the next great coach. Bet on it

  10. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    The chips seem to be falling Koetter’s way.

  11. Dean Says:

    The main thing is Koetter stays to continue Jameis’ growth.

    If Dirk is willing to stay as OC, then by all means hire someone to take on the overall team and defensive headaches and leave him alone to continue his work.

    If he has to be hired has HC, in order to be retained, do so. Then hire a top notch DC to match his accumen and drive.

  12. R.O. Says:

    Hey joe.. Thought you had a working relationship with his Agent? Are you going to be the 1st he txt’s and to break the story if he accepts/or is not offered the gig?

  13. brandonbucfan Says:

    If Koetter isn’t named today it’s because Light is waiting to talk with Josh McDaniel or he has already talked with him and waiting till he is available. Can’t see Mattia as HC. If a DC as HC is what they want go after the DC at Carolina…still have to wait.

  14. Stanglassman Says:

    I’d like to see Jason L. bring in Matt Patricia for an interview at least. He is said to be innovative, tireless worker and a extremely smart guy.

  15. HarlemBuc Says:

    @Joe… So that Saban profile please?

  16. HarlemBuc Says:

    Again @ Joe: the Ravens owner rode on the glazers like the Broncos first logo… Thoughts?

  17. Joe Says:

    @Joe… So that Saban profile please?

    Since it appears you have trouble working Google, here you go.

  18. DallasBuc Says:

    First step in recovery is recognizing incompetent Lovie Smith is the problem. We are now pointed in the right direction.

  19. Joe Says:

    Again @ Joe: the Ravens owner rode on the glazers like the Broncos first logo… Thoughts?

    Same guy who tried to hide from the Ray Rice incident? :::shrugs:::

  20. JollyBucsFan Says:

    People keep talking about glazers this and glazers that.

    remember, the glazers put licht in charge of hiring

  21. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I will be impressed if they can hire a coach with a lot of success in the NFL and keep Dirk as OC.

    And can you give us even a short list of candidates who meet that requirement.

    First any coach with a lot of success is NOT going to come here!! If he did the Glazers once again would have to throw in so much power to match a winning coach”s leverage. The new coach would get TOTAL say!!! Why would a WINNING coach want to come to a losing franchise? To turn it around. He’s going to believe after seeing the hot mess the Bucs have been that he needs to CONTROL everything.

    Just how motivated would Licht and Koetter be to basically take demotions and surrender power?

    Licht had a GREAT…AWESOME in fact tenure at Boise State taking a backwoods U and bringing them to National Prominence.

    If judged FAIRLY…Koetter also had a good record at ASU. You have to consider the U when evaluating College HC success. And so if a coach takes Vandy to a couple of bowls..or Duke..he is considered good because nobody believes that Vandy or Duke will compete with schools like Alabama or FSU and Clemson.

    It’s the same at ASU!!! Koetter was praised and extended after 5 years with praise heaped upon him by the AD..his graduation rate was outstanding…NO he did not coach a bunch of thugs..he was the first ASU coach to win consecutive bowls in 20 years.

    AGAIN…Koetter has been successful with HIS responsiblities wherever he’s gone. A college coach at a mediocre program is not expected to crush the better programs. My alma mater did have a coach who excelled at a mediocre program..Brian Kelly at Univ of Cinti…and he’s doing pretty well at ND…but he’s the exception.

    An OC cannot lead an NFL team to the SB…he can only produce a good offense
    Given the culture…given the challenges…Lovies a the HC…an OL in need of a total rebuild…not one of his 3 receivers played the entire year…ohhh and he had the challenge of molding a rookie QB.

    I LOVE #3 and join all of you in singing his praise. And yes he’s so driving I think he could survive a coaching change..but give Koetter some freaking credit.

    #3 looked so OVERWHELMED in that first game that many of us freaked out. He had an inconsistent…can you say ROOKIE..preseason…the first quarter of the year he threw waaaaay too many picks and made bad decisions.

    Now give #3 the majority of credit…but dang…it was Koetter who was there to lead him out of the wilderness! It was a team effort!

    If Koetter doesn’t get this job there is no fairness in life.

    Yep as an old dude I already realize that…there is NO fairness in life and the best guy, the hardest worker, smartest, most talented doesn’t always get the job.

  22. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Oops..typo…Koetter not Licht has the great career at Boise.

  23. Joe Says:

    remember, the glazers put licht in charge of hiring

    If you don’t think Team Glazer doesn’t have final say on the head coach, Joe has some Arizona swampland for sale at a reasonable price.

    Yes, Licht is in charge of the search. That doesn’t mean Team Glazer is washing their hands of team operations.

    Remember: Team Glazer put Rich McKay in charge of replacing Father Dungy. When he recommended Marvin Lewis, Team Glazer stripped him of the search duties and Joel went out and traded for Chucky.

  24. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    ASU fired Koetter because he couldn’t consistently beat the Pac10 powers.
    Hard to understand given what a powerhouse ASU is…(snark font off)

    This year how did ASU do…have they found their guy?
    They were 6-7!!! Ranked 9th in the Pac 12 power rankings
    They lost to conference foes
    USC 42-14….real competitive eh

    Then the highlights of their season and upset of UCLA…the ONLY big conference game they won

    They lost
    61-55 to Oregon…38-24 to WSU..and Cal 48-46.

    That’s virtually a copy of the type of 7-5 season got Koetter run in his 6th year.

    Koetter has EARNED this opportunity.

  25. Joe Says:

    ASU fired Koetter because he couldn’t consistently beat the Pac10 powers.

    Neither could Bill Walsh.

  26. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I can see the wisdom in making an offensive coach the boss. Especially with a franchise QB on the team.

    However…Koetter and Licht need to commit to drafting defense this year, and getting in a really good DC.

    They can finish off offense with free agents now, the way Free Agency is supposed to be used (to add final players).

    The only exception might be a wide receiver. A good fast, PASS CATCHING one.

    Of course, like I’ve been wanting every year since Alstott retired…I would love a good fullback.

  27. Joe Says:

    My question for you Joe is who could the bucs be waiting on.

    When the Glazers/Licht say everyone is being considered, that’s not a joke. Better to take time and get the right guy than hire just for the sake of hiring and sign Rah II.

    As always, Team Glazer is predictably unpredictable. As Bobby Knight once told Connie Chung, just lay back and enjoy it.

  28. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Neither could Bill Walsh.

    LOL. Thanks Joe for making my long winded post in just a single sentence.
    Well done! That was exactly what I was trying to say.

  29. Mj Says:

    Jimbo fisher

  30. White Tiger Says:

    All these voices claiming they think Koetter’s relative inexperience as a HC means he’s too risky of a choice – and that THEY’D (somehow) get someone BETTER and keep Koetter’s as the OC – have me doing a full palmface…

    I’d just bet that if they turned in one of THEIR best performances, ever…they’d be perfectly ok with being passed over for promotion. Especially knowing that several of there competitors have been calling them to have them take a similar job…they’d be waaaay cool with chillin’ in the same salary, same house, same car…and watching someone else stir up the excitement for a job you did pretty well once in college…but obviously don’t feel qualified to do it now… It would be waaaay better letting someone unknown step in an become their boss.

    Yeah, right.

    Koetter’s is less of a risk than any of the other unproven coordinators – because if you knew ANYTHING about this process or Koetter’s, you’d know he’s been wanting an opportunity to be Locke a head coach in the NFL for a LONG time, and the recent success he’s had with attaining a top 10 offense with a rookie QB, Tampa Bay’s competitors only makes him a MORE qualified head coaching candidate!

    The only real curiosity is who will the DC be…but thanks Joe Cullen’s presence, we may not have ANY drama in this whole process.

  31. OnlyGodnoles Says:

    I just came across a back tracking tweet of sort from that rock star GM below…..

    “Mark Dominik ✔ @MarkdominikESPN
    I still think Koetter is Bucs next HC, there’s one name that could trump him for the job. Trouble is, his teams season isn’t over…just yet
    2:38 PM – 11 Jan 2016”

  32. Tampa Tony Says:

    I think the former gm of the Bucs with a horrible record prediction was as bad as his drafts. Well his drafts before Schiano

  33. Kevin Says:

    To me hiring koetter is no more of a risk than hiring anyone else. But if you do hire someone else and koetter improces rhe offense that much more and he is plucked for a hc gig this off season or next then you are screwed. QUIT TRYING TO GET FANCY AND OVERTHINK IT. FOR ONCE MAKE THE OBVIOUS CHOICE AND DO WHAT YOU KNOW IS THE RIGHT THINK. HIRE KOETTER DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!DO IT, DO IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! HOLY HELL!!!!!!