Falcons Assistant Koetter on Tampa Bay’s Radar

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY SportsDirk Koetter

Pro Football Talk cites sources that indicate that Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is a potential candidate to take over the same position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After firing head coach Mike Smith, the Falcons did not dismiss any of Smith’s assistant coaches in the event that the team’s new coach would like to retain any of them, putting coaches like Koetter in limbo.

The Bucs are looking to replace Jeff Tedford, who was hired by Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith to be their offensive coordinator last year. But Tedford left the team prior to the start of the regular season due to heart surgery. He was replaced by quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo on an interim basis. The Bucs’ offense finished the year ranked 29th and 30th in scoring and total offense, respectively.

This year’s Falcons offense ranked 12th and eighth in those categories. In Koetter’s first season as Falcons offensive coordinator in 2012, the team’s offense ranked seventh and eighth in scoring and total offense, respectively, helping the team reach the NFC Championship Game. Prior to joining the Falcons, Koetter spent five seasons as the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator. Prior to that, Koetter served as head coach at Arizona State from 2001-06 where he compiled a 40-34 record. From 1998-00, he was head coach at Boise State, compiling a 26-10 record.

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