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5 Things to Know about Dirk Koetter

Five interesting notes about the Buccaneers' new head coach.


*1. He has a promising record as a head coach. *
Koetter has never been a head coach in the NFL, but he has been the head man at two different colleges – Boise State and Arizona State. During his time at both schools, his teams finished with a losing record just twice in nine seasons. Koetter's record as a head coach is 66-44.

2. He has a proven track record of improvement.
Koetter has handled play-calling duties for three NFL teams in the past decade, and he's brought a significant change in his first season with each. This past fall, in Koetter's first season in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers finished fifth in the NFL in total offensive yards, their highest finish in team history. They jumped from No. 30 the year before. After his first year as the Falcons' offensive coordinator in 2012, Atlanta finished eighth in yards and seventh in points scored. Koetter helped the Jaguars finish No. 7 in the NFL in total yards during his first season as the OC in 2007.

3. The Buccaneers are the 11th coaching stop of his career.
Koetter has been with three NFL teams (Buccaneers, Falcons, Jaguars) and seven college programs (Arizona State, Oregon, Boston College, Boise State, Missouri, UTEP, San Francisco State), and one high school team. He served as head coach at Boise State and Arizona State and was an offensive coordinator at the rest of his collegiate stops, as well as in the pros.

4. Coaching is in his blood.
Koetter's father, Jim, was also a football coach. "I'm the son of a high school coach, so I grew up talking ball," Koetter told ESPN in 2010. "He's still as good a football coach as I've been around, and I've been around a whole lot of football coaches."

5. He is a former quarterback himself.
Koetter's success working with rookie quarterback Jameis Winston is apparent. Winston had the third-best rookie passing season in NFL history in 2015, throwing for 4,042 yards. Koetter played quarterback at Idaho State from 1978 to 1981 and was a part of the school's 1981 Division 1-AA national championship team. 

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