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4. The Bucs' offensive coordinator position was a very attractive job.
Koetter believes in head coach Lovie Smith and he believes in the personnel that general manager Jason Licht has put in place. That made it an easy decision for him to head to Tampa. "It starts with Lovie Smith and his reputation as a leader and a head football coach in the NFL," Koetter said. "And then, secondly, just the talent they have on offense. I mean, you look at the two 1,000-yard receivers, two or three really good young running backs, a good young tight end – there's some good skill guys there to build around. Every team in the NFL has some areas they'd like to improve and nobody has 11 starters that they're in love with from the very first day, so it's a work in progress. But, trust me, Tampa Bay, personnel-wise, is in better shape than one on the outside might think."
3. He believes in a balanced offensive attack.
"I believe in a balanced offense a lot," Koetter said. "The reason for that is if you ask any defensive coach what's the hardest thing to defend, one of the first things he'll tell you is balance. Defenses are just too good nowadays in the NFL, if they can get a tip and they know they only have to stop one thing, they're pretty good at stopping that one thing. Balance is huge."
2. An offensive scheme "has to be flexible" to a team's personnel.
In this day and age, Koetter said, an offensive system must be flexible to a team's personnel, not the other way around. "As I said before, we all have things that we believe in as coaches, but at the end of the day, I'm a big believer that the system that you have has to be flexible enough to take into account the various strengths and weaknesses of your players," Koetter said. "I think it's foolish to take a system and ram it down a player's throat, if that doesn't play to his strengths. With that said, you can't always make it fit exactly perfect for every single guy you've got on the team, but for the guys that are touching the ball a lot, you need to play to their strengths in my opinion."
1. He set some basic goals for 2015.
Koetter listed three goals for his offense in 2015 – don't turn the ball over, create explosive plays and protect the passer. He also emphasized the importance of playing well on third down and scoring touchdowns in the red zone.