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Dirk Koetter will continue to call his own plays

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 20, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Buccaneers got rid of Lovie Smith primarily to maintain the relationship between now-head coach Dirk Koetter and quarterback Jamies Winston.

So it’s no surprise that Koetter’s going to hang onto his share of that role.

Via the team’s official website, the just-promoted offensive coordinator said he’s going to continue to call plays.

“Roles are going to have to be juggled around a little bit, but there’s already a model that exists in the NFL for the head coach as the play-caller,” Koetter said. “I will continue to be the play-caller for the Bucs. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into football, and one of my favorite parts of football is the strategy and the game-management part, the play-calling part. I think I’d be foolish to give that up.”

The Bucs did make significant progress on offense this year, and having an experienced defensive coordinator (with head coaching experience) in Mike Smith gives Koetter some latitude there as well. But he also pointed to the importance of quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian in the process, as he was noted as being instrumental to Winston’s adjustment as well.

“Whether it’s coming out of my mouth or coming out of his mouth, it could be the same,” Koetter said of Bajakian. “We’ve got a quarterback – we’ve got more than one quarterback but especially our lead guy, Jameis – who wants to be coached, is eager to be here. It will have to change a little bit but trust me, I’ll be spending a lot of time with Jameis.”

While adjusting focus is sometimes tough for first-time head coaches, other guys who have done it and given it up have taken it back, so it’s not unusual or unexpected.

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6 Responses to “Dirk Koetter will continue to call his own plays”
  1. rextraordinaire says: Jan 19, 2016 10:53 AM

    How ironic is it that the Bears fired Lovie in 2012 because he failed to find an OC that worked well with his quarterback and got the best out of him, and then got fired by the Bucs because he successfully found that OC

  2. zampft says: Jan 19, 2016 11:01 AM

    “The Buccaneers got rid of Lovie Smith primarily to maintain the relationship between now-head coach Dirk Koetter and quarterback Jamies Winston.”

    Uh that’s just flat out incorrect. They got rid of Lovie because he was 8-24, had a porous outdated defense, repeatedly made bad personnel decisions and ran a team with no discipline.

    There was no guarantee they’d be able to keep Koetter or that there was some sort of backroom power-grab by Koetter.

  3. pantherfan4055 says: Jan 19, 2016 11:21 AM

    tampa bay falcons

  4. Pocari Sweat says: Jan 19, 2016 11:32 AM

    I can only hope Koetter’s right hand men show as much loyalty as he showed his former boss.

  5. tyelee says: Jan 19, 2016 6:45 PM

    LoL… That really helped him have a dominating offense with the falcons when he was with them and this past season Bucs… SMH!

    More of the same to come… Mediocre!

  6. PokeSalad says: Jan 19, 2016 11:24 PM

    I don’t have a dog in this fight (sorry, Vick), but there were so few comments here I felt sorry for Koetter, and posted another one to cheer him up.

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