Possibly the biggest acquisition of the 2015 offseason is getting looked at for a potential head coaching vacancy.
Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is being considered as a candidate by the Philadelphia Eagles for their head coaching vacancy. Report comes via Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez.
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 5, 2016
During Monday’s presser, head coach Lovie Smith was asked about Koetter’s potential departure and didn’t offer much optimism in retaining his offensive coach.
“In an ideal world, Dirk would be here to continue that growth that we had, but that’s just a base part of it,” Smith said. “If I’m a football team out there looking for a good football coach, I would look at Dirk Koetter too. That’s just a part of people seeing you having success.”
Koetter is no stranger to being considered. At the end of the 2012 season, the Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs all had their eyes set on interviewing Koetter when he was the coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. But he signed an extension with Atlanta and never interviewed with any team.
Last January during his introductory conference call with us media folks, Koetter was asked about becoming a head coach.
“I love being an offensive coordinator in the NFL and the part about being a head coach, I mean, just look around at what’s happened in the last 48 hours in the NFL. Being a head coach in the NFL is very unpredictable,” Koetter said. “[I am] extremely, extremely happy being an offensive coordinator in the NFL and if something like that is to come, that’s a byproduct of doing the job that you have right now well. So I’m going to come down to Tampa and just try to do the best job that I can and whatever happens after that happens.”
Koetter has been crucial to the growth of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston as well as the offense in just 16 games. Tampa Bay ended the season with a Top 5 offense and were tops in other statistical categories. Bucs should try to do everything possible to keep the already highest-paid coordinator on the payroll.
Although Smith and Koetter himself have not provided concrete certainty of his stay, it’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out.