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Dirk Koetter: 'Huge changes' still ahead for Bucs

"We're going to make very few changes on the offensive side of the ball because I worked with those guys all of last year,'' Dirk Koetter says.

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"We're going to make very few changes on the offensive side of the ball because I worked with those guys all of last year,'' Dirk Koetter says.

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New Bucs coach Dirk Koetter, introduced by the team last week, has done a few national radio interviews in recent days, including a good talk with KTIK radio back home in Boise. A few highlights ...

-- On his new coaching staff, talking to KTIK in Idaho: "Nice thing about taking over a program you were already at, I've been telling people I was kind of like Undercover Boss for the last year. I've got an opinion on everybody in the building. We're going to make very few changes on the offensive side of the ball because I worked with those guys all of last year. There are going to be some huge changes as we move forward, but at this particular time, other than putting the staff together, that's the main thing we're working on right now." Koetter might just mean turning the franchise into a winning program, but curious what he means by "huge changes" ...

-- On the size of his coaching staff: "No, we do not have a coaching staff of 30. Somewhere between 15 and 20. Bigger than college, but college has all those hidden intern guys that have 9,000 titles. I don't even know what they mean now."

-- His interview with the 49ers was the Saturday before his hiring, "at a hotel ballroom in Tampa." Had his first interview with Bucs ownership and GM Jason Licht two days later on Monday. "It was tense," he said. "There was a chance I could be a head coach at two different teams ... There was a chance I was going to be out altogether. Your emotions are all over the place. Am I going to be a head coach? Am I going to be moving? Am I going to be coaching my son's high school team? It wasn't fun at all."

-- Talking about the emotion he showed in talking about his parents especially, the hosts brought up the emotions he showed 16 years ago in a tragic situation when Paul Reyna, one of his players at Boise State, fell during practice and hit his head, an injury that would cause a ruptured blood vessel in his brain, an injury that would lead to his death. Here's a look back on the tragedy 10 years later.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 21, 2016 12:39pm]

    

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