Report: Dolphins interest in Koetter led Bucs to make a change


The Buccaneers made the surprise fire of the offseason late Wednesday night, firing Lovie Smith after a four-win improvement from the previous season.

And they could be staying in-house for a replacement, though it won’t come without some degree of hoops to jump through.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the eventual promotion of offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter seems inevtiable, using the word “coronation,” to describe what’s about to happen.

He reports that the Dolphins were interested in Koetter, which sparked this process. That suggests they place a high value on Koetter continuing his work with rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, even if it meant firing a guy to keep him.

Of course, they still have to go through another process, finding a minority candidate to sit for a Rooney Rule interview. If what Stroud suggests is accurate, it will be a sham, and one that some candidates may not feel inclined to go through.

27 responses to “Report: Dolphins interest in Koetter led Bucs to make a change

  1. “Of course, they still have to go through another process, finding a minority candidate to sit for a Rooney Rule interview.”

    In other words, you can’t hire the white guy without interviewing the non-white guy. Racism 101.

  2. I saw a post last week where someone said Bowles was interviewed 10x before he got hired. If that’s the case there shouldn’t be anyone refusing to be interviewed.

  3. This may become one of the best moves in that franchise’s history. I totally get the Smith firing now and respect Tampa ownership for making the tough, proactive decision.

  4. This is why failed coaches (offensive & defensive coordinators) will always get jobs because the head coaches who hire them don’t want to by pressured by a staff member who could replace them. It’s sad but it’s true. I criedt Lovie Smith for putting the team first by hiring a good OC… But now he’s paying the price.

  5. That rule is a sham. Teams should be able to interview and hire whoever the hell they want without all this PC bull.

  6. Given that we need a defensive coordinator, could they not interview a minority HC candidate who may be inclined to take a DC position should he not get the job?

    Assuming Koetter gets the job thats the big question (who will be D cooridnator) as Lovie got fired because the D sucked, the O was on the rise and that is Koetters baby.

  7. To comply Rooney rule : They could interview Lovie again and not hire him and hire Dirk. That will save some $$$ for the organization.

    Dirk is a great coach and offensive mind. He made Garrard a probowler and Marcedes as well.

  8. Shouldn’t there be some sort of exemption considering that that two of their last three coaches were minorities and they’re (likely) hiring from in-house?

  9. That’s funny, if true.

    From what I’ve read he doesn’t crack Miami’s top 3, but the interest would cause the Bucs to have a knee jerk reaction and fire Lovie?

    Not a good look. If Koetter doesn’t take the job, they could really have a tough time bringing in a top tier coach.

  10. One would think that having employed Lovie Smith in that position up until yesterday would be sufficient to satisfy the Rooney Rule…

  11. It’s a “sham” of a system and they play the game as it’s written. This is why the Rooney rule is a sham itself, teams are going to hire the guy they want, period. Especially for something like a head coach of an NFL team.

  12. Thank you. I said this last night, that or love wouldn’t fire some of the defensive coaches was my other thought. I like Lovie but I would do anything to keep Dirk! Classy guy and genius mind.

  13. I’ll be laughing uncontrollably if Koetter spurs them and takes a HC job somewhere else. That would completely screw the Bucs because no self respecting coach would go there after that.

  14. You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
    If you hire a good OC (or DC), than this is the kind of stuff that happens.
    If you hire a bad one, they fire you anyway,
    No win situation.

  15. A lot of people here aren’t getting the point of the Rooney rule.

    It’s not a way to force a team to hire a minority coach for any particular opening. It’s a way to get more minority coaches interview experience and interview exposure to owners & managers.

    Anyone who’s actually taken part in conducting job interviews knows that you will frequently be surprised and impressed by people you didn’t see coming, and you remember them down the road. That makes a difference.

  16. A lot of people like to bury their heads in the sand and pretend the ‘Good ol boy’ network doesn’t or never existed.

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