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Ranking This Year's Head Coach Hirings

Seven teams were looking for head coaches this winter. and Bleacher Report agree that the Bucs' hiring was one of the league's best.

Photos from Head Coach Dirk Koetter's introductory press conference at One Buccaneer Place.

Over the course of the past few weeks, seven teams have acquired new head coaches. The Buccaneers were among those seven, promoting Dirk Koetter from offensive coordinator to head coach last week.

Bleacher Report's Russell Baxter took on the tall task of ranking each hiring from worst to best. The Buccaneers' hiring of Koetter came in at No. 1.

With Koetter as offensive coordinator, the Bucs enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in franchise history. They set the team record for total yards in a season, saw Jameis Winston finish with the second-most passing yards in team history and finished with the league's No. 2 rusher. The Bucs finished No. 5 in the league in total offense, up from No. 30 in 2014.

Finishing behind Koetter on the list were Cleveland's Hue Jackson and New York's Ben McAdoo at No. 2 and 3, respectively.'s Gregg Rosenthal agreed that Koetter was one of the best head coach hirings this season, but didn't give the Buccaneers the No. 1 spot. Koetter finished No. 3 on his list behind Jackson and San Francisco's Chip Kelly.

Photos from Head Coach Dirk Koetter's introductory press conference at One Buccaneer Place.

The 2016 season will be Koetter's first as an NFL head coach. He's been working diligently to assemble a staff since being hired. Mike Smith will be the team's new defensive coordinator and will be joined by Nate Kaczor (special teams), Jon Hoke (secondary), Jay Hayes (defensive line) and Mark Duffner (linebackers).

"We rank Koetter high in part because of his defensive coordinator hire," Rosenthal wrote. "First-time head coaches often struggle to build a staff, but Mike Smith is a solid, proven coordinator who can handle that side of the ball."

More moves could be coming, but Koetter said that he will be retaining most of his offensive staff from the 2015 season. For Bleacher Report's full list, click **HERE**. For's full list, click **HERE**.

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