Buccaneers Close to Naming Dirk Koetter As New Head Coach

Dirk Koetter

The Buccaneers are ready to hand their head coaching duties over to the director of the most the prolific offensive attack in franchise history, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Dirk Koetter, who orchestrated an offense that set a franchise record by gaining 6,014 yards during the 2015 season, was “close’’ to completing a deal that will make him the team’s 11th head coach, a source familiar with the process said.

The appointment of Koetter, a nine-year NFL coaching veteran who has engineered four top-10 offenses with three different teams, would not come as much of a surprise.

Labeled by general manager Jason Licht as a “strong candidate’’ for the job at the start of the team’s search, Koetter has long been considered the favorite to win the job.

“He’s got a strong resume,’’ Licht said during a news conference to address the search and the firing former coach Lovie Smith last week. “He’s a good communicator and he’s done good things with (rookie quarterback) Jameis (Winston).’’

With Koetter in charge of the Bucs offense for the first time this past season, Winston became only the third rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 4,000 yards.

Koetter’s offense also produced an All-Pro selection in running back Doug Martin, who ground out 1,402 rushing yards, the second most in the league in 2015.

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