Bucs interview Koetter for their head coaching job
Dirk Koetter knocked it out of the park as an offensive coordinator in his first year with the Bucs, grooming quarterback Jameis Winston into a Rookie of the Year finalist, resurrecting running back Doug Martin and transforming the offense into one of the top five in the league.
He may have earned the chance to do more.
Koetter interviewed Monday for the Bucs' head coaching job with general manager Jason Licht.
The 56-year-old Koetter is the third known NFL assistant to interview for the position which became available when the Bucs fired Lovie Smith last Wednesday after two seasons and an 8-24 record.
Licht, who is leading the Bucs' head coaching search, interviewed Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin and Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott last week. Both assistants are still involved in the playoffs. Last week, Licht called Koetter a 'strong candidate,' for the Bucs head coaching job and said several teams had asked for permission to interview him. Koetter reportedly interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers last week.
"He’s put a good resume in front of him for this year,'' Licht said of Koetter. "Historically the best offense we’ve had here in Tampa Bay. He’s a good communicator. He’s done great things with Jameis. There’s a lot of good football coaches out there. Dirk’s one of them.”
Koetter has head coaching experience at Boise State and Arizona State but spent the past nine seasons as an NFL coordinator. The Bucs set a franchise record with 6,014 total yards last season. Winston joined Cam Newton and Andrew Luck as only the third quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards as a rookie.
Licht has said there is no timetable for hiring a new head coach, but final approval would have to come from the Glazer family which owns the team. NFL owners were in Houston Tuesday and Wednesday to vote on the applications of the Rams, Chargers and Raiders for relocating to Los Angeles.