Dirk Koetter, A Daring Choice for Bucs Offensive Coordinator

NFL NEWS: Dirk Koetter

Now that former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has accepted the same job with the Bucs, here are a few things to know.

A Quarterback-Friendly Coach

As Jenna Laine pointed out, Koetter has had success bringing out the best inJacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard, who achieved a 64 percent completion percentage and a 102.2 passer rating through 12 games in 2007.

Garrard, who last played in 2010, never went below 60 percent in completion percentage and his rating never dipped below 80.

When he was brought onboard the Falcons in 2012, he helped the team reach the top 10 in offense twice in his time there (eighth in 2012 and 2014). While quarterback Matt Ryan first topped 4,000 yards in 2011, Koetter took him to new heights averaging 4,642 yards a season. Prior to Koetters arrival, Ryan averaged 3,560 passing yards a season. Ryans completion percentage also improved from 60.8 average to 67.4 under Koetter.

A Rush to Judgment?

When Koetter took over offensive play-calling duties for the Jaguars in 2007, the team finished second overall in rushing with 2,391 yards for the season. It also marked the last season, running back Fred Taylor rushed for over 1,000 yards. The Jaguars since finished twice in the top 10 in rushing under Maurice Jones-Drew in two of Koetters last four seasons (2009 and 2010) with the team. Jones-Drew finished with at least 1,300 rushing yards from 2009-2011 reaching a career high 1,606 yards in 2011.

When Koetter arrived at the Falcons, his rushing success was minimal under backs Michael Turner and Steven Jackson, finishing 29th, 32nd, and 24th in his time. Turner finished with 800 yards in his final season with the team in 2012, his lowest since 2009 when he finished with 871.

Jackson was a disappointment the moment he started with the Falcons. Prior to his arrival, Jackson was a perennial 1,000 yard rusher with the St. Louis Rams since his second year in the league. He only managed to rush for 543 and 707 yards, respectively.

While Koetter has prior history with current offensive line coach George Warhop at Boston College, keep in mind that Warhops coached in three of the worst offenses in league.

Draft Implications

Koetters selection doesnt do much to stave off what will be speculation on whom the team will pick with their first overall selection. If he feels confident he can salvage Josh McCown or coach up Mike Glennon to be that quarterback of the future now, you can kiss Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota goodbye. If not, expect only one or the other to stay with potential trade implications for either.


About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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