Tampa Bay hires former Atlanta offensive coordinator

January 9th, 2015 by Staff

Koetter, 55, has led two NFL offensives - Atlanta and Jacksonville. Can he work his magic with the Bucs' offense?

(BTLS Staff) TAMPA, Fla. – After spending a season without one the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms with a new offensive coordinator.

Dirk Koetter will lead the unit in 2015 according a released issued by the team. He’s spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons.

During his tenure the Falcons ranked second in the National Football League in completion percentage, third in third-down conversions, fourth in passing yards and second in fewest penalties.

“I’m very excited to welcome Dirk to our staff,” explained Bucs head coach Coach Lovie Smith. “With over three decades of experience at both the college and NFL level, Dirk has a proven track record as a top offensive coordinator.”

Under the tutelage of Koetter Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan posted the three highest passing yardage seasons in franchise history. In 2012 the Falcons had the best record (13-3) in football and advanced to the National Football Conference championship game.

In 2014 Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford left the team just prior to the team’s firs preseason game due to health problems. He did not return and the team relied quarterback coach Marcus Arroyo to call the plays.

Last season was Arroyo’s first in the NFL.

Prior to joining the Falcons, Koetter, 55, spent five seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2007-11). In his five years with the Jaguars, the team cumulatively ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards and sixth in rushing average.

Koetter’s Jacksonville offenses also showed a penchant for taking care of the football, tallying the seventh-fewest turnovers in the league during that time.

Before joining the Jaguars, Koetter had spent 22 years at the collegiate level, most recently as the head coach at Arizona State (2001-06).

In his six seasons with the Sun Devils, Koetter led the team to four bowl games, posting a 40-34 record. Working as both the head coach and offensive coordinator, he helped Arizona State average nearly 30 points per game over six seasons, while ranking in the top 20 in the nation in passing offense in five of his six years. In addition, five of the six Sun Devil teams during Koetter’s tenure produced a 1,000-yard receiver and the quarterback threw for 20 or more touchdowns in five of six seasons.
A native of Pocatello, Idaho, Koetter played collegiately at Idaho State (1978-81), helping lead his team to a Division I-AA national championship as a senior.

He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and earned a master’s in athletic administration a year later.

Koetter and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Kaylee and Kendra, and two sons, Derek and Davis.

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