Adam Schefter reports that the Falcons are hiring former Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter as their offensive coordinator.
Darrell Bevell and Mike Mularkey also interviewed for the job, but reports had said that Koetter was the favorite for the Falcons’ job.
The Vikings reportedly had interest in Koetter as well.
Falcons HC Dan Quinn said he is “fired up” to have Koetter join their staff due to his “experience and familiarity” with their division.
“We are fired up to have Dirk join our staff as our offensive coordinator,” said Quinn, via the team’s official site. “His experience and familiarity with our division will also pay dividends as we move forward.”
Koetter, 59, began his NFL coaching career as the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator back in 2007. After five years in Jacksonville, he was hired as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator and later joined Lovie Smith’s staff in the same role for the 2015 season.
The Buccaneers elected to move on from Smith after two seasons and made the decision to elevate Koetter to head coach.
During his three years as the Buccaneers’ head coach, Koetter led the team to a record of 19-29 (38.77 percent) and no playoff appearances.