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Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (58) / 2/5/1959

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Bucs coach Dirk Koetter is considering giving up play-calling duties in 2017.
Koetter's play-calling was not an issue in his first season as head coach, but he's exploring ways to free up more time as his team's leader. Coach Mike McCarthy recently made the same decision (since reversed), to disastrous results. Koetter will probably hold onto the play sheet in 2017. Jan 2 - 4:05 PM

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New Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he will be a more aggressive play caller in 2016.

Koetter said ex-coach Lovie Smith did not specifically tell him to play it conservatively, but he was not as aggressive as he wanted to be while serving as the offensive coordinator. "When you’re the head coach and you’re the play caller, you have a license to be a little bit more aggressive," Koetter said. "You don’t have to worry about the head coach second guessing you; you are the head coach. So you make your game plan and you stick to your game plan." Despite having a big-armed quarterback and several deep threats, the Bucs were middle of the pack in deep shot attempts according to Pro Football Focus. That could change next season.
Tue, Jan 19, 2016 09:22:00 AM

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said he'll continue to call plays on offense.

The Buccaneers missed the playoffs this year but were vastly improved on offense thanks to Koetter's work with Jameis Winston and Doug Martin. It's unclear who the Buccaneers plan to hire as offensive coordinator (quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian is a strong possibility) but whoever lands the job will be playing second fiddle to Koetter.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 03:04:00 PM

Bucs promoted OC Dirk Koetter to head coach.

The Bucs went through an eight day dog-and-pony show after firing Lovie Smith, but have settled on the candidate everyone thought they were going to hire. Koetter revived Doug Martin in 2015 while overseeing Jameis Winston's solid rookie campaign, but we'd stop short of calling him an offensive guru. One month shy of his 57th birthday, Koetter's head coaching experience is three years at Boise State followed by a failed stint at Arizona State. The Bucs may have been better off simply keeping their 2015 arrangement, though they obviously feared Koetter getting hired away as someone else's head coach.
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 06:04:00 PM

FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports Bucs OC Dirk Koetter has not been offered Tampa Bay's head-coaching job yet.

PFT reported Koetter has begun informing assistant coaches he'll be the Bucs' next head man, but multiple reports since have stated Koetter is only lining up a coaching staff, and has not yet been offered or taken any job. We still believe it's only a matter of time before Koetter replaces Lovie Smith.
Wed, Jan 13, 2016 09:03:00 PM reports Bucs OC Dirk Koetter has begun informing assistant coaches that he will be Tampa Bay's next head coach.

It's a strong sign Koetter will replace Lovie Smith, as expected immediately after Lovie's firing. It's unclear when the Bucs will hold a presser to announce Koetter's promotion, but we suspect it'll happen by no later than early next week. Koetter's offense is in good shape and on the rise, but GM Jason Licht badly needs to add multiple quality pass defenders this offseason.
Wed, Jan 13, 2016 08:28:00 PM

Bucs OC Dirk Koetter interviewed for the team's head-coaching position on Tuesday.

Koetter is the heavy favorite to replace Lovie Smith, but also interviewed with the 49ers last weekend. In the end, it's hard to see how Koetter doesn't end up the Bucs' next head man. It seems to have been the plan all along.
Tue, Jan 12, 2016 03:34:00 PM

ESPN's Mark Dominik believes Bucs OC Dirk Koetter will be Tampa Bay's next head coach.

Dominik was the general manager in Tampa Bay from 2009-13 and likely still has connections in the organization. Dominik did cryptically say there is another candidate who "could trump" Koetter, but that coach is apparently still in the playoffs. ESPN's Josina Anderson believes Dominik is talking about Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin, who interviewed for the position last week. Koetter has been the favorite since Lovie Smith was fired last week, but the Bucs are taking their time. Koetter reportedly "really impressed" the 49ers in his interview with them Saturday.
Mon, Jan 11, 2016 10:08:00 AM

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Koetter "really impressed" the 49ers in his head coaching interview on Saturday.

Koetter wasn't considered the frontrunner for the job but that may have changed after Saturday's interview. John DeFilippo, Chip Kelly and Anthony Lynn have also interviewed for San Francisco's head coaching vacancy while Bengals OC Hue Jackson will meet with the Niners on Sunday. Buccaneers GM Jason Licht still considers Koetter a "very strong candidate" to replace Lovie Smith as head coach.
Sun, Jan 10, 2016 09:32:00 AM

The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows reports the 49ers interviewed Bucs OC Dirk Koetter for their head-coaching vacancy on Saturday.

The 49ers requested permission earlier in the week, and Tampa Bay had reportedly failed to get back to their request, but it sounds like they finally granted it. Koetter seems poised to land a head job after his work with Jameis Winston and Doug Martin this season. The Bucs seem to be the favorite to retain Koetter after firing Lovie Smith, but that's no lock at this point. He has options.
Sat, Jan 9, 2016 04:53:00 PM

Bucs GM Jason Licht calls OC Dirk Koetter a "very strong" candidate to replace Lovie Smith.

Speculation has run rampant that the Bucs fired Smith in part to keep Koetter, and Licht didn't exactly quiet it on Thursday. Koetter is also reportedly a candidate for the Dolphins and 49ers jobs, but perhaps there's already an implicit understanding he'll be the man in Tampa. The news could be official by the weekend.
Thu, Jan 7, 2016 02:12:00 PM

According to PFT's Mike Florio and ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Dolphins and 49ers requested to interview Bucs OC Dirk Koetter for their head-coaching vacancies.

The Eagles were also mentioned as a team that was interested in Koetter earlier in the week. All the attention Koetter was getting from outside the organization likely played a large part in the Bucs' decision to fire coach Lovie Smith on Wednesday night with the intention of promoting Koetter to coach. To this point, the Bucs haven't replied to the 49ers' and Dolphins' requests.
Thu, Jan 7, 2016 10:08:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports OC Dirk Koetter is "quickly emerging as a top candidate" for the Bucs' head-coaching job.

As soon as the Bucs made the surprise decision to fire coach Lovie Smith late Wednesday night, speculation immediately began that it was a way for them to keep Koetter. Koetter had success with Jameis Winston and Doug Martin this season and was apparently drawing interest from the Eagles and Dolphins as head coach. "All eyes" are on Koetter in Tampa.
Thu, Jan 7, 2016 09:34:00 AM

FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports Bucs OC Dirk Koetter is on the Eagles' "radar" for their head-coaching vacancy.

Koetter, 57 next month, hasn't been a head coach since he left Arizona State following the 2006 season after six years on the job. He's since coordinated the offenses for the Jaguars, Falcons, and Bucs. Koetter just wrapped up his first season in Tampa Bay and did an admirable job with rookie Jameis Winston. Koetter also got Doug Martin's career back on track as arguably the best running back in the league this season. The Bucs finished fifth in total offense, 17th in passing, and fifth in rushing. Tampa Bay ran the eighth highest-paced offense.
Mon, Jan 4, 2016 09:05:00 PM

Bucs hired Dirk Koetter as offensive coordinator.

It's an excellent hire for a team that got left in a 2014 lurch when OC Jeff Tedford was diagnosed with a heart condition before the season began. Tedford ended up coaching zero games before being released from his contract, and inexperienced QBs coach Marcus Arroyo left much to be desired as interim play-caller. Koetter oversaw consistently explosive units during his three-year tenure in Atlanta, though the cupboard was well stocked. That's not the case in Tampa, but the Bucs do have a building-block talent in Mike Evans, and are likely to use the No. 1 overall draft pick on a signal caller. Even with a rookie quarterback, the Bucs will be a lock to improve upon their 2014 point total of 277.
Thu, Jan 8, 2015 06:43:00 PM

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4Peyton Barber
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2Jacquizz Rodgers
3RB1Charles Sims
2Doug Martin
FB1Austin Johnson
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3Donteea Dye
4Bernard Reedy
WR31Adam Humphries
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3Alan Cross
4Kivon Cartwright
5Tevin Westbrook
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2Leonard Wester
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3Michael Liedtke
C1Joe Hawley
2Evan Smith
3Ben Gottschalk
4James Stone
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K1Nick Folk
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