The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially announced that the team has hired Dirk Koetter as their next head coach.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) January 15, 2016
According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers signed Koetter to a five-year contract.
We will provide information on Koetter’s contract details as the news becomes available.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Buccaneers and OC Dirk Koetter are closing in on an agreement for him to be their next head coach.
Last night, reports said that the Koetter was telling his assistent coaches that he was going to be team’s head coach, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Ever since the Buccaneers fired Lovie Smith, it was clear that the job was Koetter’s to lose.
Keeping Koetter with the team will allow Jameis Winston to have some continuity as he develops in the coming years.
Overall, the Buccaneers’ coaching search was actually somewhat limited, as they interviewed just Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin and Panthers DC Sean McDermott outside of Koetter, which was a pretty good indication that it would have been an upset for him not to get the job.
In 2015, the Buccaneers were No. 5 in total yards, No. 17 in passing yards, No. 5 in passing yards, and No. 20 in points scored.