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McCoy: Koetter always carried himself like a head coach



As the Bucs unveiled Dirk Koetter as their new head coach Friday, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said he liked the hire, saying that Koetter had all the presence of a head coach, even when he was only Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator last season.

"First time I met him, he had a coordinator/head coach's demeanor. I knew one day he would be a head coach, because that's how he carries himself," said McCoy, calling him a "players' coach." "Great person overall, more than just being a great coach. I'm excited for the future. It's going to be fun."

Koetter said Friday that he too was "a little bit hurt" by Lovie Smith's firing last week, and McCoy said promoting from within and making Koetter the head coach will help a difficult transition in the locker room.

"Just from the chatter I've heard from my teammates, everybody's excited," McCoy said. "They feel like we got the right guy. If we were going to replace Coach Smith, we picked the right person. He won't have to worry about what's going on internally. He definitely will have support from us."

McCoy said Koetter was more involved with the offensive players, but those on the defensive side saw the way he handled the offense and had to be impressed.

"He was a huge asset for us," McCoy said. "Moving forward, with him having control of the entire team, it's going to be huge and it's going to be exciting."

[Last modified: Friday, January 15, 2016 5:57pm]


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