Dirk Koetter Interviews With 49ers; Eddie DeBartolo Inspired?

January 9th, 2016

dirk koetter 1126Yes, Joe is a certified football lunatic. Joe was listening live to the news conference of 49ers CEO Jed York this week after the firing of former head coach Jim Tomsula.

York was being peppered with questions after Tomsula was made a one-and-done coach, a guy who was in the Niners organization for years. One question posed was about whether York would hire a consultant for the head coaching search, given that his last hire was a bust.

York’s answer was that he had no need for a fresh set of eyes. He said he had who he considered the best consultant available to him, his uncle, former 49ers owners and chief Eddie DeBartolo.

In fact, York said DeBartolo, who lives in Tampa and is a business partner with Derrick Brooks, had called him that morning at 5 a.m. to discuss the search.

Enter Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. He is reporting Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter met with the 49ers today — in Tampa — for their vacant head coaching position.

Yes, Koetter is a viable candidate anywhere, but Joe finds the dot connecting very interesting here.

121 Responses to “Dirk Koetter Interviews With 49ers; Eddie DeBartolo Inspired?”

  1. Ray Rice Says:

    Tick Tock Tick Tock…⏱⌛️🙈

  2. lurker Says:

    Some say the 49ers head coach is the worst of the head coach vacancies.

  3. tb Says:

    They better get him signed now if they want to keep him.Did Mia follow tbeRooney rule?

  4. Getaclue Says:

    Job is appealing if he wants to build an entire team from scratch

  5. BrianBucs Says:

    Koetter just getting leverage for his HC contract with the Bucs

  6. Name Required Says:

    So much for slam dunk.

  7. Eric Says:

    Tells me he is not our guy.

    Otherwise they would call him in and hire him.

    Glazer’s are likely working on something we never heard of and won’t till they announce it.

    That is their MO.

  8. Luther Says:

    If they lose Dirk Koetter after Gates just signed with the Dolphins, I will be really pissed. In my mind, there are no other options. I don’t really want a Defensive coach right now.

  9. Mord Says:

    I wish it weren’t so easy to envision the good candidates, Koetter chief among them, filling every other vacancy while the Glazers dawdle in their concept of diligence.

    That’s the one thing about this; if Lovie wasn’t fired because a plan to replace him needed to be attended to immediately (read: Koetter needed to be retained as HC), then they’re displaying an embarrassing lack of ownership competence.

  10. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I hope dirk signs somewhere else soon. that way the bucs dont even have a choice. This isnt even the coaching hiring season. Most teams wait until after the playoffs to sign a coach. Usually because the best candidates are in the playoffs. Adam Gase? Miami is soo stupid. He let peyron manning run his offense in Denver. And Jay Cutler had LESS TDs this year than last year not to mention that team didnt even make it close to the playoffs.

    I feel the same way about dirk. Sure he did a good job here. But you can’t honestly tell me he is the best OC out there. Not with a 20th in scoring offense. If he had a better offense we would be 8-8. Lovie’s defense wasnt the only thing that lost us games. Our offense did little to win us games. Winston played great and individually we had a lot of good things happen. But scoring wise we just didnt get it done. Mike evans only 3 TDs? Even martin with only 6 TDs is a pretty low number for the work horse goalline running back. Dirk did a good job. I would not call it anything more than that. I think we deserve a great OC if we are going to make him the HC.

  11. Trubucfan22 Says:

    The bucs havent been too active yet because the good coaches are still in the playoffs.

  12. unbelievable Says:

    49ers doing their due diligence as Koetter was the OC with Blaine Gabbert his rookie season. Besides Koetter, Sean McDermott is the only other guy that seems appealing whose name we have heard. He’s about the only defensive guy I would consider, maybe the Pats DC as well.

    As for the Pats OC Josh McDaniels, something about him just makes me think he won’t be a good HC. Seems very suited for the OC position, but as head coach he hasn’t been as successful. Not sure he has the mentality to run a whole team. Then again, I have my reservations about Koetter as a HC too.

  13. Luther Says:

    What best coaches in the playoffs? Dirk has been in the playoffs before and his resume is just as good or better than anyone in the playoffs.

  14. KevinM Says:


  15. Buc1987 Says:

    There’s more than ONE team out there is considering Koetter. The 49ers have a pretty good track record with HC’s and if they are interested in Koetter or any other team that has a good track record. The Bucs better jump on him and SOON.

    It’s really not up for debate anyways. The Bucs have made 3 bad choices in a row, yet these other teams that might want Koetter are being idiots to some of you people. You’ll see what I’m talking about if he leaves…

    That’s all for now..

  16. AceofAerospace Says:

    Fix the mistake. Rehire Gruden.

  17. Fishfries Says:

    I have a feeling the glazers are waiting for Saban. Just a hunch

  18. Eric Says:

    Hey that McDermott guy has been interviewed by a couple of teams too.

    Does that make him fabulous?

    The 49ers let Harbaugh go, how smart can they be.

    Let these other teams make their choices now. Leave us the pick of the liter from playoff teams.

    And Koetter will still be there. Even Raheem got an interview before. Lots of people are being interviewed.

  19. Newbucsfan2 Says:

    Jimbo? Some think he would make a great NFL coach….

  20. Luther Says:

    Gruden will never coach the Bucs again and if I were him, I wouldn’t coach another game. He has a cushy job and gets paid very well.

  21. Tiny Tim Says:

    @ trubuc

    You are completely wrong. You do not think the many drops by multiple receivers had any thing to do with the points scored? How about the fact that ryan looked totally lost without koetter? Or the fact that every player on offense besides 4 are 2nd year players and rookies and the offense put up over 6000 yards. You had a rookie throw for over 4000 yards with countless injuries across the board. No, koetter did a hell of a job. I am sorry you missed that. Oh and go back and think about how many td drops the bucs had. That would put the bucs ranking to atleast top 12 because i can think of 8 off the top of my head.

  22. lurker Says:

    “49ers have a pretty good track record with HC’s”


    you have not been paying attention to the 49ers, then. They are a mess. From the front office, to the roster, to the qb position, it is not a very good situation.

  23. M.Stevbobucfan Says:

    I wish the Glazers would sell the bucs to Eddie Debartolo. Didn’t know he lives in Tampa…he would surely bring some stability and respect to the bucs

  24. gotbbucs Says:

    I have a hunch they want to talk to Todd Haley. Saban makes some sense too.

    It’s obvious they aren’t just going to hand it to Koetter like they did with Raheem.

  25. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Fair point tiny tim. Players are the ones that play the game. No matter how great of a play caller you might be, if the player cant execute then it will still fail. Solid point. But all teams deal with drops. Im watching the texans chiefs game and the texans Te just dropped a TD pass. It happens to all teams.

    Im also not a fan of how he got practically no production from the second string WRs.

  26. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    The bucs havent been too active yet because the good coaches are still in the playoffs.

    That’s not really true. In fact the Bucs have already interviewed to coordinators who are in the playoffs. It’s possible for the good teams that got the bye to have their coordinators interviewed.


    The Bucs have made 3 bad choices in a row,

    If I may nitpick 87 that is from your perperspective. If we are honest they’ve made ONE bad hire from their perspective. Their first two coaching hires were home runs if we’re really objective. No coach wins all his games and most coaches have off seasons but both Dungy…borderline HOF and Chucky have won SB’s and have solid resumes and did what they were asked to do for the Bucs.

    Rah and Schiano look like bad hires to you because you’re watching football not the Glazer family fortune. To them it was a home run…they bought enough time with cheap coaches and no budget to enrich their extended family forever with ManU.

    So yeah 3 stupid hires from a football perspective but only two from a business perspective. They wanted to go on the cheap for awhile there and it started our coaching carousel.

  27. Buc1987 Says:

    lurker…much better track record then Tampa…that’s the point anyways.

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    SPBF…that’s why I say it really is hit or miss. The Bucs are not the only team to screw up hiring a HC. They might have better luck just putting a bunch of names in a hat, pick on out and run with that guy.

  29. Eric Says:

    To be fair the Glazer’s have picked two super bowl winning coaches.

    But then again Raheem, Schiano, Lovie.


    I might go with the dart board.

  30. pelbuc Says:

    Watching the Chiefs-Texans game show what a competent defense can do against the lowly Texans. Drives the point home that firing Lovie was a no brainer. DC hire will be as important as HC. Hope Licht is on top of his game and Glazed dweebs take a backseat.

  31. Mike Johnson Says:

    I hope Koetter signs with the 49ers. I’m gonna laugh my A.. off if he does. Can you fire Lovie fans spell….Backfire?

  32. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I get why some of you guys are lusting for Saban. But again why would Saban want to come to the Bucs? IF he beats Clemson he TIES Bear Bryant with 5 National Championships. He’ll be one of the best coaches ever. If he hangs around Bama for another decade odds are great that he could perhaps get one more then making him the UNDISPUTED college football coach.

    OR…he could come to the Bucs and win with Fameis and be one of FIVE coaches to win both an NCAA title and the NFL championship

    I just can’t figure out what is in it for Saban? I mean who doesn’t want to put their career in the hands of the Glazers and hope a talented promising young QB doesn’t get a career ending injury.

    And again do not mention $$$. Saban is already fabously wealthy…the Bama faithful insure that he remains tha way. He is currently earning 7 million a year!!! He has total autonomy, he is a freaking heroic saint, revered in Alabama…again tell me why he tosses all that aside?

  33. Elle Says:

    Correction: Malcom Glazer has picked two super bowl winning coaches. His sons picked the rest. That’s quite significant.

  34. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    There needs to be an interview….then the job offer…..then the acceptance…..there is a long way to go with the process…..teams are right to interview as many qualified candidates as they can…..and coaches seeking a job or promotion should interview as much as they can….
    That’s just smart business.

    At least we have a bit of excitement….rather than the “Fire Lovie”…..drumbeat…

  35. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Watching the KC-Houston game another thing was obviously clear. You have to have a franchise QB and poor Brian Hoyer is not that guy.

  36. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Great point and yes it is significant! I think all the Glazers have decent intincts which in a football sense were put on hold while they secured their financial future in England. I get that and can’t blame them.

  37. Buccfan37 Says:

    I think the 49ers should have kept Tomsula, sure they were a bad team, but they played better than I expected this past year after the washout of personnel and coaching. These teams that consistently make or compete for the playoffs won’t take losing for long, something the Bucs have struggled with for most of their existance.

  38. HIRE JIMBO Says:

    If koetter gets an offer. The glazers cab match it or make it more. Koetter wants to coach Winston. Who else with a hc vacancy has such a good young qb??? NOBODY

  39. Luther Says:

    @Mike, so keeping Lovie and having Koetter sign with the 49ers anyway, is better for the “Keep Lovie” crowd? It’s not like the Bucs could have prevented him from leaving. Point is, Lovie was doing a terrible job on Defense and could lose his Offensive Coordinator when he has struggled to fill that position in the past. Where in that situation do you see success?

  40. Buccfan37 Says:

    KC is definitely on a roll. I won’t be surprised if they run the table and take home the trophy.

  41. Kevin Says:

    So tru buc tell me….what happens if we pass on koetter let someone else hire him, wait for the guy we want and he doesnt take the job. then what???!!!!

    Screw that ive been saying since the day koetter was hired as oc he was our next hc. MAKE IT HAPPEN NOW PLEASE!!!!!!

  42. Eric Says:

    Hue Jackson had the bengals playing good offense. With Andy Dalton!

    What could he do with Jameis?

    49ers are likely to hire him.

    Not Dirk.

  43. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Sometimes you have to wonder…..all that work….fan excitement….home field….playoffs…..blown out….now they have the same thing we have…..but its a worse draft pick..

    Now I’m not saying I don’t want us to make the playoffs….but if we do…I hope its with a good team.

  44. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Houston……could be a candidate for MG8

  45. Trubucfan22 Says:

    You guys act like just because he is going for interviews that the teams are ready to sign him. Getting an interview is cool, but doesn’t guarantee anything. After the interview they could say, “well that was a waste of time”. Who knows.

    Just stop with the assumption that just because Koetter is getting interviews that he is a number one choice for any of those teams.

  46. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Who here thinks Koetter is the best OC in the league?

    If you think he is, then you have every right to want to want him to be the bucs next HC.

    But if you don’t think he is, then why should we hire him?

    I don’t think Koetternis the best OC out there. He is a good one. I’ll give him that. But I could point to a few OCs I would rather be the HC.

  47. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    The Glazers do things differently. Maybe Saban’s agent did reach out to them. Rumors that Saban wants another shot at the NFL have been floating around for some time now. Monday will be here soon.

  48. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    You don’t have to be the best OC out there to be the best candidate for this team…..but you do have to be the best HC candidate for this team….the two are not the same…..and the key….is “this team”….it’s as much a chemistry thing as anything else….

  49. This Guy Right Here Says:

    After hearing about Koetters slip-up at ASU, Im having doubts…

    I say we reach out to Jimbo… Like Jameis, he’s got that ‘IT FACTOR’… and the same amount of wins as Saban since 2010.

    Reach Out To JIMBO, Glazers!!!

  50. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    But if you don’t think he is, then why should we hire him?

    UH because he’s the best fit for the Bucs. He doesn’t have to be the best OC in the league…he just has to be the best head coach for the Bucs if we hire him.

    We’ve seen enough of him to like his demeanor, his relationship with #3 and what he did with a team that historically has sucked on offense. He did this with two rookies on what was expected to be a horrible OL…and virtually no game where he had all 3 of his top receivers in the game.

    @TBBF As always agree with both of those posts. Houston got exposed and what got exposed as much as anything was their QB so yes I agree it would not be surprising to see them interested in MG8 who would have surely managed the game better than Hoyer.

  51. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Jimbo has ZERO NFL experience. Jimbo is an awesome recruiter. Again..coaching in the NFL is totally different than college.

    With the exception of a couple games a year Jimbo enters the contest with a huge talent advantage!!! Not slamming Jimbo…this is true of Saban…Urban Meyers all the top college programs.

    Jimbo could easily end up like Steve Spurrier or Nick Saban and be sent back to the NCAA with his tail between his legs…but I like Jimbo…and so perhaps he could end up like Pete Carroll or Jimmy Johnson. They however are the exception not the rule and I just do not want to roll the dice when we already have Koetter in house and LIcht to manage the overall operation.

  52. Elle Says:


    Thank you. My comment wasn’t implying that the boys are utter fools. The Glazers (all of them) have done enough for this franchise to earn the respect of the fans, and I’ve never belived that they’re masters of cheapcraft and just focusing on their soccer team. My only issue with the boys is rather simple: they should stay out of any football related decision and just allow the GM to make those for them, and I’ve been saying this ever since they decided to send Gruden packing, as their chosen coaches have set this franchise back, in my opinion.

  53. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I’m not sure where the Koetter hate is coming from already. Some posters have alluded to his “ASU days” as scandalous. So I hit the googles. The more I read the more I saw Tony Dungy II. Not in style but in how he was treated by ASU..just like the Bucs did Dungy! It was all about not being able to beat the major powers in the Pac 10 like USC! Just like Dungy never got to the Super Bowl. You may consider that a valid reason but it’s hardly indicative of a bad coaching job…just very high standards.

    OK from ASU’s own sports info dept..this is what ASU thought of Koetter the year before they fired him.

    After guiding the Sun Devils to three bowl appearances in his five seasons in Tempe, which include the first set of consecutive bowl game victories for ASU in nearly 20 years, Dirk Koetter has returned the Arizona State University football program to the national spotlight. His leadership has helped the Sun Devils become a potential yearly Pac-10 championship contender and bowl game participant, and has frequently and consistently been nationally ranked within weekly polls. He has developed one of the most dominant offenses in college football and has expertly directed the progress of some of the finest athletes ever to play for Arizona State.

    A contract extension presented to Koetter following the 2005 season, along with the addition of four new assistant coaches to his staff, gives the program the stability necessary to propel Koetter and Arizona State football to among the nation’s elite.

    That’s ASU’s take five years into his program. Where’s the scandal.

    Here’s the take when they fired him and Koetter’s reaction..LOL..he is a feisty dude…I LIKE him!

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Arizona State fired football coach Dirk
    Koetter on Sunday after he led his team to a bowl the last three
    seasons but rarely beat the best in the Pac-10.

    Athletic director Lisa Love made the announcement “He has put us on a wonderful stage,” Love said. “He has done
    some wonderful work. But we’re looking for a higher platform.”

    Koetter went 40-33 in six seasons at ASU.

    Koetter said he respected Love’s decision, but he showed a
    feisty side when asked if he was surprised to be fired.

    “When you meet that new coach, just make sure the first thing
    you say to him in that awkward moment isn’t, ‘Just beat U of A.
    That’s all you have to do to keep everybody happy,”‘ Koetter said.
    “We know that’s not true.”

    Koetter went 4-2 against the Wildcats.

    Players were emotional when Koetter broke the news to them.

  54. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ St. Pete

    They are just getting ready for the “Ditch Dirk” and the “Dump Dirk” posts…..sure there are many candidates and many opinions on who would be best….but….lets give our next coach at least one game before we judge him. (don’t mean to be sexist Elle….but it will be a him.

    As for Jimbo….I think Jameis has already provien he doesn’t need Jimbo anymore….I am starting to believe that it is as much Jameis who carried the offense as Koetter….but that’s OK by me….it usually takes more than one to make a team.

  55. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Monte is only 75…..let’s give him a pewter hoveround and give him a shot!!!

  56. biff barker Says:

    Lehman Bennett, Richard Williamson and Ray Perkins all coached here too.


    The Glazers

  57. Tampa Tony Says:

    So much for Dominik’s insight ha ha ha

  58. Eric Says:

    Hey we hired a guy from Rutgers, surely Jimbo Fisher is qualified.

  59. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    TT…it’s just an interview…they haven’t hired him yet. The Bucs have also had two interviews over the weekend..or scheduled at least.

    This is just part of the dance that goes with this tune. Dominik may still be correct.

  60. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Hey we hired a guy from Rutgers, surely Jimbo Fisher is qualified.

    LOL. You damn Jimbo with faint praise. I think even Gator fans consider Jimbo a better coach than Schiano.

  61. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Biff barker

    The Glazers were not the owners for those hires.

  62. 1BucFanNsaintCountry Says:


  63. unbelievable Says:

    @St. Pete,

    Go to scout.com and search for Dirk Koetter. You will find an article about his days at ASU, some of the incidents with players and how he treated them.

    There is another article that goes into some similar and some different details about his time as head coach, but I can’t remember the link. Someone posted it here in the last 2 or 3 days.

    I just want to know more details about these situations. This is what some people are apprehensive about.

  64. Eric Says:

    Glazer’s have something up their sleeve.

  65. tb Says:

    Yea I believe the glazers got something cooking

  66. unbelievable Says:

    @St. Pete

    The article on scout.com is called “Dirk Koetter’s Past Should Raise Alarming Red Flags for Bucs”

  67. unbelievable Says:

    Here’s the other link, discussing how the new coaching hire is more of the same from Dirk re: undisciplined and in some cases deadly violent behavior from players. Not sure if Joe will let the link stay


  68. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Well I certainly accept your point of concern.

    Due diligence is great but I’ll trust Licht on that one. You read ASU’s own takes…he got fired for not competing with the USC’s and Oregons.

    Perhaps there were some incidents but they never made national news and even if Koetter is Chucky like in playing anybody including Jack the Ripper if they could produce…I feel comfortable Licht will keep the players in line.

    Although the truth be told let’s be honest…the future of the Bucs rests on #3’s shoulders at this point. He’ll take care of any hijinks in the locker room.

  69. unbelievable Says:

    Believe from what you want. I want more answers on this topic, b/c we have a lot of young guys who need a coach that will be tough enough to discipline them. Penalties killed us this year, completely unacceptable. And someone needs to put Evans and ASJ in their place for their selfish penalties. Can Dirk do it?

  70. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    As long as Koetter didn’t go all “Jerry Sandusky” at ASU….I’m OK with him.

    After our last few coaches…I’ve got a really low bar….

  71. unbelievable Says:

    lol @ tbbf.

    I’m not against him, but I found this stuff to be surprising, and it must make you question if he has what it takes to control the locker room.

    I agree about Licht, I do think he will do his due diligence as evidenced by how they handled drafting Jameis. At the same time, Coaches and management many times have different standards for their own behavior and that of the players they coach.

  72. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    If that’s the link that disturbs you relax. That was from an “altenate” newspaper which sometimes do some great investigative work…sometimes they just slide with hatchet pieces.

    This story concerned ONE of Koetter’s former athletes. Really. How many coaches have players who have committed heinous crimes?

    Urban Meyer doesn’t seem to get any grief for “coddling” Hernandez a true thug and murderer.

    I honestly respect your desire to make sure the due diligence is thorough one or two stories about ONE player who did commit a heinous crime is not enough to worry me.

  73. This Guy Right Here Says:

    @ StPete,

    There’s no “Koetter Hate”… But after reading this article, any rational person would be a little concerned. (BTW, Ive been calling for Koetter as Interim HC since the bye week. But after reading this:


    As far as Jimbo, There’s a reason the top prospects in the country decided to play for him… He’s a players coach, He’s got Fire, All he does is Win, And I dont even feel like doing the research on how many NFL starters he’s produced…

    And then there’s that little bond he has with that one guy on our team…

  74. unbelievable Says:

    Yea I poked around the Phoenix New times site a bit more and some of the articles certainly are not written very well, although that specific one about Koetter has a lot of background information, and mentions incidents with a few other players as well.

  75. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We don’t want the guy to go all “Bobby Knight or Woody Hayes” to control the locker room either…..

  76. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Wouldn’t you just once like to see a coach kick the $hit our of a 350 lb. lineman?

  77. This Guy Right Here Says:

    One of his players murders another player. Another player sexually assulted a 15 year old girl, was charged, and Koetter still let the guy on the program. This is some heavy sht…

    I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, since Im just going off of whats in that article, but its gotten me pretty concerned about his character… And again, I was one of the 1st guys on this site, calling for Dirk as Interim HC.

  78. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I understand that Dirk was asked if he had any desire to hire his children as coaches….He stated “Neither of my daughters have any interest in football”

    You’re hired!!!!

  79. cmurda Says:

    @This Guy. That articles is 7 years old and we live in a hypocritical society. The program and the fans demand success. The reality is some of the best talents have character issues and temper triggers. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. The “people” tend to forgive ad forget quickly while the team is successful but after the fact, it is very easy to hate on a coach that is no longer there. The same goes with Joe Pa etc. These guys jobs aren’t secure and they are prestigious with good money. I think character matters but tolerance is sadly a must with many of these pampered athletes. I admit that this article is a bit concerning but I see little reason to believe Koetter lacks necessary character. Now, if Koetter turns down the Bucs offer and coaches elsewhere I am going to talk a ton of trash about him. If he stays, I love him.

  80. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    At this……I just want the Bucs to hire the best fit for HC

    …….I could care less if they hire Dirk…

    Seriously people don’t get suckered up in all this media hype

    Who knows……maybe the Glazers hire someone who is totally off of everyone’s radar and he turns out to be the “diamond” that everyone overlooked.

  81. Eric Says:

    our offense had lots of boneheaded penalties and were sloppy with the football.

    Not seeing it.

  82. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    Here is what I am going to say about the ASU news from 8 years ago. Jimmy Johnson and Pete Carroll both had ” issues” at the NCAA level, and both seem to be doing just fine in the NFL. And when Carroll left, USC was left a complete mess. Can a man change in 8 years? I would think so. Love how NOW this news comes up after so long. If Licht thinks he is the man, he will get the job.. simple as that… sorry had to get one more of those in.

  83. Buc1987 Says:

    Jimbo’s not leaving FSU.


  84. Brad Says:

    Wait til Tuesday. Saban/Kiffin 2016. I’ve been saying it all week. Glaziers want to make a splash and hire the best guy. Saban is both if he will leave.

  85. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’m on an even keel regarding Koetter’s coaching ability and popular support here at JBF. The Glazers might have him placed under house arrest and be bugging potential suitors who come calling.

  86. Buccfan37 Says:

    Big Ben goes down in a heap with the Steelers season.

  87. Perimeter Blocker Says:

    The Bucs were 9-7 when they fired Gruden. Let’s face it Gruden did the impossible (Superbowl 37). My first choice is Gruden and Gruden wouldn’t have to worry about a franchise QB. If not him, then Dirk Koetter. With Koetter you keep continuity with the same offensive system and comfort level with Koetter and Winston. The defense was truly awful, and Mike Smith is the logical choice for DC if Koetter is the man. Another positive move was to hang on to Nickerson and Cullen.

  88. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Yeah…..this is good GM between Bengals and the steelers

  89. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Have the bucs even had a formal HC interview with Koetter? We and media all assume koetter is the leading candidate but that is just speculation. Who knows what Licht is thinking.

  90. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We have absolutely no idea….but for me….the fact that the Glazers aren’t involved leads me to believe the choice has already been made.

    The only other explanation is after all these years and coach hires with a process they were deeply involved in……they’ve suddenly found faith in Licht and have descided to bow out of the process….(I don’t buy the latter)

  91. Tampabaybucfan Says:


  92. lurker Says:

    game over…

  93. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Steelers 30th ranked pass defense shows itself true to form. Seattle vs KC in the end.

  94. lurker Says:


  95. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Not so fast….

  96. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Glazers should interview Chip Kelly….just so they can turn that a-hole down.

  97. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The Ghost makes a great tackle……

  98. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    A Buc-like penalty……

  99. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Another Buc-like penalty

  100. Buccfan37 Says:

    Holy Smokes! That’s some sweet tasting crow seeing as how the Steelers are my second favorite NFL team.

  101. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    A Buc-like loss….

  102. Buccfan37 Says:

    The Bungles did just that.

  103. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “Fire Lovie, I mean Marvin”…….undisciplined players

  104. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Wow. That was a schiano like loss right there.

  105. Trubucfan22 Says:

    There are going to be riot in cincy tonight

  106. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Those refs were all over the bengals tho. And never anything for the steelers. Bengals deserved those flags, but steeler deserved more than they got too.

  107. Trubucfan22 Says:

    If Marvin get fired, i’d take him for the Bucs HC.

  108. lurker Says:


    but also weak qb. alabama qb did best he could, but not enough.

  109. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Wow…how’d you’d like to be a Cincy fan tonight?

  110. Buccfan37 Says:

    Thank God I’m not a Bengals fan. That style of a loss is stark raving lunatic mad for fans.

  111. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    The names I have seen thrown around are funny. Bring back Chucky??? Bring back Monte Kiffin??? Are you serious? First off the Glazers still owe Lovie $$$millions then in order to get Chucky here afer their dirty divorce they’d have to shell out a whole lot more. But the biggest question is why would we want a head coach more stubborn than Lovie AND a worse talent evaluator than him??? Gruden never had a good draft Lovie had two. Then Kiffin??? He quit on us in the middle of the season to go coach with his son and you want that??? No thank you!!! Then someone said Nick Saban. Didn’t he quit Miami aftet one season of coaching? If no one wants a player who quits on the field why would you want a coach who quits on his responsibility?

    Now people have problems with Koetter being head coach? I mean what does the man have to do to earn it in your eyes, be hired by another team??? He only took the worst offense in the league in 2014 and led it to be in the top ten IN ONE SEASON ! ! ! He helped take a rookie qb who basically broke all rookie qb records on the Bucs and almost broke the Bucs all time passing record! How impressive is that? He has that fiery personality the anti Lovie we all want and he has tons of NFL experience, very organized and aggressive on offense. With the right DC what couldn’t he do with this team? I think Glazers are looking to see what other teams will offer him before he is hired.

  112. LargoBuc Says:

    What a game! It was bone crushing for 60 minutes. Too bad Marvin cant get his players under control. They had the game and get not one but two p fouls. Unbeleivable. Adam Jones’ temper may have cost Marvin his job. Not to mention that hit on Antonio Brown…I dont think any one of us on these boards would survive a hit like that. You could see his eyes close and his legs turn to jelly, after his neck damn near does a 180. Marvin has done a good job gathering talebt, but its clear he can’t control it. But man, im so glad I got out of work a lil early to watch that one.

  113. Pelbuc Says:

    Wow. I Hope the next HC shows the team the end of the Bungles game. So when the players cry about discipline, they will see how selfish, stupid play will cost a team dearly. Do you understand Evans and ASJ?

  114. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    TBBF that was too funny and I agree with it !

  115. Buc1987 Says:

    Koetter will be the Bucs HC by Monday says Buc1987. Take it to the bank!

  116. grafikdetail Says:

    if the 49ers offer Koetter the job he’ll take it!! now Winston will have a new HC & OC… way to go Bucs!

  117. WyomingBucsFan Says:

    Hopefully this means it was Gruden all along.

  118. lurker Says:

    marvin lewis gone? 5 playoff losses in a row, 7 in his career, and no wins. the personal fouls were on defense.

    then they move hue jackson to headcoach.

    read on pft

  119. BucDaddy82 Says:

    Jim Harbaugh to coach the Bucs

  120. RealBucFan Says:

    To everyone who posts on here, hate to break it to you, but I highly doubt Dirk gets the job. It will be a jaw dropper. Guarantee it.

  121. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    He’d be insane to turn down the 49ers job. Even if offered the position here.