The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Thursday that they have hired Dirk Koetter as their new offensive coordinator.
- Ian Rapoport reports that Koetter receives a two-year contract from the Buccaneers that includes an option year.
- Alex Marvez reports that Koetter was drawing interest from other teams, which is why the Buccaneers worked quickly to get a deal in place with Koetter.
Koetter takes over for Marcus Arroyo, who was promoted to the position after Jeff Tedford was forced to deal with a serious medical situation.
The Falcons hired Koetter backin 2012, but they are currently in the process of hiring a new head coach, which means it’s unlikely that he was going to be retained once someone was brought in.
ESPN’s Adam Caplan mentions that Koetter was on the list of two head-coaching candidates for a potential offensive coordinator position, so he appeared to have a few options.
With Koetter running their offense, the Falcons’ ranked:
- 2012: No. 8 in total yards and No. 7 in points scored.
- 2013: No. 14 in total yards and No. 20 in points scored.
- 2014: No. 8 in total yards and No. 12 in points scored.
The Buccaneers’ job was considered to be fairly attractive position, even though they are coming off of a very poor 2014 season. Tampa Bay will have the No. 1 overall pick and can use it to take one of the best quarterback prospects in next year’s draft class such as Oregon’s Marcus Mariota or Florida State’s Jameis Winston.