Buccaneers Hire Dirk Koetter As OC

The Buccaneers announced that they have hired Dirk Koetter to be their next offensive coordinator, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweets. Koetter, the former Falcons’ OC, got a two-year contract with an option year.

Koetter was Tampa Bay’s top choice for the job and the Bucs moved on him quickly to keep him from getting scooped up by another team, according to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Jim Tomsula and Dan Quinn, two head coaching candidates, also have an affinity for Koetter and he could have been an OC for either guy.

It’s not clear if the 55-year-old was still under contract with the Falcons but the team was allowing him to interview elsewhere in the wake of Mike Smith‘s firing. Prior to his three-year stint with the Falcons, Koetter served as the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator from 2007 through 2011.

The Bucs are happy to have their man, but Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan probably isn’t too happy to see him go, as Jason Cole of Bleacher Report tweets.

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