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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Promote OC to Coach

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According to various reports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted their own offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter, to become the team’s head coach. Koetter joined the Buccaneers for the 2015 season as the offensive coordinator under recently-fired Lovie Smith.

This will mark Koetter’s first head coaching experience in the NFL. Before coordinating the Buccaneers’ offense, Koetter had coordinated offenses for the Atlanta Falcons (2012-2014) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2007-2011). Koetter has also worked as a head coach in college football, with a combined 66-44 record between two stops, in Arizona State (2001-2006) and Boise State (1998-2000).

Under Koetter’s direction, Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 252.6 yards per game, which is the third-highest average in history among rookie quarterbacks who started in at least half of the season’s games. Only Cam Newton (253.2 yards per game) and Andrew Luck (273.4 YPG) have bested Winston’s mark.

Koetter had interviewed with the San Franicisco 49ers earlier this week, before the Niners hired Chip Kelly as their new coach.

The Philadelphia Eagles also hired Doug Pederson as their coach today, meaning that the Tennessee Titans are the only team in the league who does not currently have a head coach.



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