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Buccaneers announce Dirk Koetter is head coach

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As has been widely expected since the moment they fired Lovie Smith, the Buccaneers have hired Dirk Koetter as their next head coach.

Koetter was the offensive coordinator under Smith, and the Bucs’ decision to fire Smith was widely viewed as a response to concerns that Koetter could be hired away by another team. Although the Bucs went through the motions of a job search and Koetter went through the motions of a job search, there was never any doubt.

“We are excited to announce that Dirk Koetter will lead the Buccaneers as our new head coach,” said Buccaneers Co-Chairman Joel Glazer. ”Dirk has established himself as one of the top offensive coaches in our game while enjoying success at every stop during his college and NFL career. His success with our offense last season, along with his familiarity with our players and our organization, makes Dirk the right man to lead our team moving forward.”

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston had a promising rookie season in Koetter’s offense, and this hiring will provide stability to Winston. The question is whether it yields more wins, something the Bucs have been sorely lacking.

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  1. typicalnipple says: Jan 15, 2016 8:42 AM

    He would be better off with Big John Football.

  2. buccaneersforlife says: Jan 15, 2016 8:54 AM

    It’s a great day to be a Tampa Bay fan…I’m looking forward to his post game conferences as he speaks it like it is.

    The patience is about over so there is a ton of pressure for Dirk to hit the ground running with a tough 2016 schedule.

    I hope they make a wise decision on our DC so he can focus on Winston’s development and keep calling plays next year. Go Bucs!

    As a Bucs fan, at least there is some excitement and hype to get us to pre-season!

  3. johncoctostan says: Jan 15, 2016 8:56 AM

    Dude looks like Rand Paul.

  4. connormyboy says: Jan 15, 2016 8:59 AM

    We will see how this works out in 2 years since that is the shelf life for a Bucs head coach lately.

  5. stiffmcgriff says: Jan 15, 2016 9:02 AM

    I’m a Bucs lifer, and I gotta admit that Koetter is the right hire…but the way they did Lovie was dirty. I agree that change needed to be made, but the organization could have handled the change much more professionally. The Glaziers should have just said from the start that they wanted Dirk to take the helm.

  6. fatguystrangler says: Jan 15, 2016 9:09 AM

    Is that Rand Paul?

    I don’t know about many of these new hires. Seems very uninspired, or goes to show the serious lack of quality candidates.

  7. patrick33706 says: Jan 15, 2016 9:15 AM


  8. mostepicgnar says: Jan 15, 2016 9:38 AM

    How about Lovie Smith as the Defensive Coordinator? He is already familiar with the personnel and the Tampa area.

  9. petedutcherjr says: Jan 15, 2016 9:52 AM

    For heaven’s sake, people. Stop saying they handled the firing of Lovie Smith wrongly.

    They wanted to meet with him in the morning hours to tell him, and the GM let the cat out of the bag when he called Lovie to tell him about the meeting.

    Lovie told him to tell the Glazers to just fire him over the phone, that he didn’t want to meet with them. He then went and cleared out his stuff.

    Get your facts straight, people.

  10. mpcny says: Jan 15, 2016 9:53 AM

    Do not like how they cut lovie out after two years. He made this team better than he got it

  11. buccaboo says: Jan 15, 2016 9:56 AM

    Mike Pettine for DC

  12. petedutcherjr says: Jan 15, 2016 9:57 AM

    As to Mike Smith or Jim Schwartz as DC…not if we want a top 10 defense consistently.

  13. rocketmcstonebreaker says: Jan 15, 2016 10:02 AM

    Time will tell if he’s a good pro HC, but he was very average as the HC at ASU from ’01-’06 (40-34), following a successful run at Boise State (26-10) from ’98-’00… then again, what fairly recent coach hasn’t done well at BSU?

  14. bchap17 says: Jan 15, 2016 10:07 AM

    Go grab Jim Schwartz.

    -Bills fan

  15. realfootballfan says: Jan 15, 2016 10:09 AM

    Cute that Buc fans think a scheme change will fix their defense. After Koetter goes 5-11 next year, and I’m calling that right now because he was a terrible college coach, then what? One thing you can guarantee, the Glazers to hire bad coaches. From the regime that brought you Greg Schiano and were all over Chip Kelly, lol. Hey, let’s promote our OC who led us to 20th in ppg, lol. And before Buc fans bring up the lame 5th ranking, wasn’t Lovie’s defense ranked 10th in that same metric? Didn’t think you wanted to go by that on that side of the ball either, so why go by that on offense? Poor Jameis. Just hang on, man. I knew this was going to happen going to that sorry organization.

  16. damondred1 says: Jan 15, 2016 10:11 AM

    I’m a Falcons fan. Full disclosure.

    But I’m angry. He should be the Falcons head coach. The Bucs just got one of the best offensive minds in football.

    I hate to say it, but the Bucs might finally be turning things around.

  17. bucandball says: Jan 15, 2016 10:12 AM

    It’s the right move. Keeping consistency with Jameis Winston and the much-improved offense is priority one. Now for a competent DC and staff.

  18. hor2012 says: Jan 15, 2016 10:16 AM

    They handle Lovie wrong. And, the only reason most of you don’t have a problem with the way they did it was because you didn’t want Lovie as the coach anyway. I wonder why that is?

  19. peed1 says: Jan 15, 2016 10:28 AM

    They can fire me anyway they want. Lovie is a grown man with 10 millions dollars in parting gifts. He did not want to hear it in person. His defense was a joke, no disciple on the team and a brittle team mentally. Time will tell, but the defense cannot be any worse than it was this year.

  20. Florio Believer says: Jan 15, 2016 10:54 AM

    Sorry Peed1, the Defensive players that Lovie was working with are worse than the Bears, and that’s saying something. Lovie should have demanded some of the Draft picks be Defensive…the Glazer’s are nothing but POS!!!

  21. zampft says: Jan 15, 2016 11:00 AM

    Once again this team I grew up with has let me down. How any women or father with a daughter can support this team is beyond me. Look up the article on about Koetter’s handling of player behavior issues when he was at ASU, and you’ll see he’s the perfect fit for the Team of Misogyny.

  22. tampamac says: Jan 15, 2016 11:15 AM


    Let’s not take it there. I’m black and had no problem with the firing of Lovie as race was not a factor. I’m willing to bet the Glazers wanted changes on defense, specifically for him to fire his inept sons and Lovie was likely unwilling to do so. He didn’t want a face to face meeting. Bottom line, Lovie released guys like Revis and Jeremy Zuttah for his guys like Jennings, Wright, and free agent busts Collins and Johnson. There was also a story about him stopping a team captain’s pregame speech because he cursed which deflated the team. THAT is why he’s no longer employed.

  23. skjwood says: Jan 15, 2016 11:20 AM

    welcome back, Koetter

  24. realfootballfan says: Jan 15, 2016 11:36 AM

    This didn’t have anything to do with race. This had to do with the Glazers are idiots. This is the same ownership group since the sons took over who have hired 5 coaches in 8 years. That’s definitely the way to go, and to do the latest regime change for a mediocre college HC because your rookie QB that anyone without an agenda could have told you was going to be good led you to respectable numbers and a lower tier ppg ranking, lol. Only the Bucs though. Meet back here in January 2018? Deal? For Jameis’ sake, I hope it’s January 2017 so he doesn’t waste nearly his whole first contract and get blamed for this cluster.

  25. stiffmcgriff says: Jan 15, 2016 12:30 PM

    “petedutcherjr says:
    Jan 15, 2016 9:52 AM

    For heaven’s sake, people. Stop saying they handled the firing of Lovie Smith wrongly.

    They wanted to meet with him in the morning hours to tell him, and the GM let the cat out of the bag when he called Lovie to tell him about the meeting.

    Lovie told him to tell the Glazers to just fire him over the phone, that he didn’t want to meet with them. He then went and cleared out his stuff.

    Get your facts straight, people.”

    You actually believe what Ball-Licht said about how the firing went down? You’re calling THAT facts?

    The whole situation stunk. If you watch any ESPN/NFL Network/Whatever else and you listen to what former coaches and players had to say, and you actually have some common sense then you will realize that Lovie was done dirty in terms of respect/professionalism by NFL standards & the unwritten rules.

  26. metalup666 says: Jan 15, 2016 12:37 PM

    Ummm, to the people praising this hire, so sorry you are delusional. He wasn’t a good college coach, hasn’t been that good of a coordinator. Unless he hires good assistant coaches (and, you know, let’s them coach) Tampa will be looking for another HC in 2 years or so.

  27. iheartflacco says: Jan 15, 2016 1:28 PM

    Koetter got a raw deal at ASU. He not only had to compete against the corrupt USC dynasty but then got dumped for a new AD with a hardon for Dennis Erickson. (how’d that workout?) He built the foundation for the mini dynasty that is Boise State. He is meticulous in preparation, creative, and tends to surround himself with like minds who are on the same page. His biggest issue is he hasn’t been good with the media or boosters, comes off a bit pious sometimes. I think he’ll be successful and I expect the Bucs to be in the playoffs year two.

  28. fanofpft says: Jan 15, 2016 6:05 PM

    That pic reminds me of someone, can’t place it.

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