The Buccaneers’ offense has been masterfully orchestrated by offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. While quarterback Jameis Winston has a big hand in the unit’s success, it all starts with Koetter trying to put them in position to succeed.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, our friends over at JoeBucsFan.com brought up an interesting topic and that is of what the immediate future for Koetter could be. With Tennessee firing Ken Wisenhunt just half a season into rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota’s young career, JBF offers thoughts on the Titans looking at Koetter being a potential candidate for their head coaching vacancy.
It’s not like it’s far-fetched. Koetter has the Bucs offense running on all cyclinders and it’s noticeably different in third downs alone. In 2014, the Bucs went three-and-out in over 26 percent of their drive — 30th in the NFL. So far this season Tampa Bay is the second-best team with the fewest three-and-outs at just a shade over 13 percent. The play from Winston, the offensive line and running back Doug Martin validate what Kotter is doing with the offense.
Back in January, during Koetter’s introductory conference call, he spoke about the difficulty in being a head coach in the NFL and how much more enjoyable it is for him as an offensive coordinator. Although he downplayed the question, he also left it open for anything that may present itself down the road.
“Being a head coach in the NFL is very unpredictable. [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.”
There are obviously no assurances with Koetter. A head coaching gig will be a significant pay raise. But as we have said on TBC countless times, the best decision the organization has made was the hiring of Koetter. Now they have to figure out a way to keep him.