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15 January 2016

DIRK KOETTER NAMED BUCCANEERS HEAD COACH

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have named Dirk Koetter the 11th head coach in franchise history. Koetter’s introductory press conference will be held in the auditorium at One Buccaneer Place beginning at 2:00 p.m. today. The event will also be carried live on Buccaneers.com.
                                                                 
“We are excited to announce that Dirk Koetter will lead the Buccaneers as our new head coach,” said Buccaneers Co-Chairman Joel Glazer. ”Dirk has established himself as one of the top offensive coaches in our game while enjoying success at every stop during his college and NFL career. His success with our offense last season, along with his familiarity with our players and our organization, makes Dirk the right man to lead our team moving forward.” 
 
In his first season with Tampa Bay (2015), serving as the team’s offensive coordinator, Koetter helped pilot one of the most successful offenses in the NFL and one of the best in team history. The team set the franchise record for total yards (6,014 – 357.0 per game), while posting the second-most rushing yards (2,162 – 135.1 per game) and second-most passing yards (3,852 – 240.8 per game), along with the fifth-most total points (342 – 21.4 per game). Tampa Bay ranked fifth in the NFL in yards per game (375.9), fifth in rushing yards per game (135.1) and second in the league in rush average (4.75). It marked the first time in franchise history that the Buccaneers have finished in the Top 5 in total offense.
 
Much of Tampa Bay’s offensive success in 2015 came at the hands of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, who accounted for 28 total touchdowns (22 passing, six rushing). Koetter also helped guide Winston to 4,042 passing yards, which were the second-most in a single season in team history and the third-most by a rookie in NFL history. Winston’s 22 passing touchdowns were tied for the fourth-most in a single season in team history and the fourth-most by a rookie in NFL history. His six rushing touchdowns and 28 combined touchdowns were the most in a single season by a Buccaneers quarterback, while his 28 total touchdowns were tied for the third-most by a rookie in NFL history.
 
“When I started this search for a new head coach, the focus was on finding someone that could be a strong leader as well as a consummate teacher, and Dirk is both,” said General Manager Jason Licht. “He brings the passion and drive that will re-energize our organization and help us establish the winning culture that will help us become the championship-caliber team that our fans deserve.”
 
Prior to Koetter’s arrival, the Buccaneers ranked 29th in rushing and tied for 29th in sacks allowed in 2014. This past season, under Koetter’s guidance, the unit completed an impressive turnaround. Despite starting two rookies on the offensive line, Tampa Bay still managed to block for the NFL’s second-leading rusher (Doug Martin – 1,402 yards) and tied for the fourth-fewest sacks in the league. While Martin was a large part of the team’s success running the ball, he was aided by running back Charles Sims, who totaled 1,090 scrimmage yards (107 rushes for 529 yards, 51 catches for 561 yards). Sims averaged 6.9 yards per touch, the most by any player in the NFL with at least 150 touches since 2011 (Darren Sproles in 2011, 7.6 avg.). Martin and Sims’ combined 2,566 yards from scrimmage were the most by a running back duo in the NFL in 2015 and set a franchise record for backfield teammates.
 
Koetter also played a key role in revamping the Buccaneers’ passing game. Part of the team’s success passing the ball came from targeting top wide receiver Mike Evans, who caught 74 passes for 1,206 yards. His 1,206 yards are the seventh-most in a single season in team history and stood as the 11th-most in the league last season. Another player who was pivotal in the team’s passing attack, Charles Sims’ 561 receiving yards were the fourth-most by a running back in the NFL in 2015, while his four receiving touchdowns set a franchise record and tied for the second-most in the league by a running back.
 
Koetter joined the Buccaneers after three seasons working as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons (2012-14). During his three seasons with Atlanta, the team cumulatively ranked second in the NFL in completion percentage (67.4), third in third-down conversion percentage (44.1), fourth in passing yards (277.2 per game), ninth in passing touchdowns (86), ninth in passer rating (93.9), 10th in points (24.0 per game) and 10th in total yardage (363.5 per game), while posting the second-fewest penalties (243) and penalty yards (2,043), seventh-fewest turnovers (69) and the ninth-lowest interception percentage (2.4) in the league. Koetter was part of the Falcons staff that went 13-3 in 2012 and played in the NFC Championship Game.
 
Under Koetter, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan posted the three highest passing yardage seasons in franchise history, as well as three of the four highest completion percentage seasons. In 2012, Ryan set franchise records and personal bests in passing yards (4,719), completion percentage (68.6) and passing touchdowns (32), while recording the second-highest passer rating mark in Falcons history (99.1). Atlanta wide receivers also flourished under Koetter, with Julio Jones setting a franchise record and ranking third in the NFL in receiving yards in 2014 with 1,593 yards. In those three seasons, the Falcons had a different player lead the team in receiving yards each season (Roddy White, 2012; Harry Douglas, 2013; Jones, 2014).
 
While Koetter was in charge of the Falcons’ offense, he coached three players to Pro Bowl appearances (Julio Jones, 2012, 2014; Tony Gonzalez, 2012-13; Matt Ryan, 2012), with Gonzalez earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2012. In his first season with Koetter in 2012, Gonzalez set a franchise record for receiving yards by a tight end, recording 93 catches for 930 yards – the most he had recorded in either category since 2008. That same season, Jones and White combined for 2,549 receiving yards, the most by a duo in the NFL.
 
Prior to joining the Falcons, Koetter spent five seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2007-11). In his five years with the Jaguars, the team cumulatively ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards (132.0 per game) and sixth in rushing average (4.41). Koetter’s Jacksonville offenses also showed a penchant for taking care of the football, tallying the seventh-fewest turnovers in the league during that time.
 
Koetter had immediate success in Jacksonville, with his 2007 team setting franchise records in points (25.7 per game, sixth in the NFL) and total offense (357 yards per game, seventh in the NFL). In his first season as the starter, quarterback David Garrard ranked third in the NFL and set a franchise record in passer rating (102.2), throwing a league-low three interceptions, while leading the team to a Wild Card playoff berth and a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2008, Garrard threw for a career-best 3,620 yards and in 2010 he tossed 23 touchdowns, a career high and a franchise record.
 
While with the Jaguars, Koetter coached four different players to six Pro Bowl selections, including running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who earned three trips to the Pro Bowl and led the NFL in rushing in 2010 en route to earning an All-Pro selection. Koetter also helped tight end Marcedes Lewis earn a Pro Bowl berth following the 2010 season, when Lewis caught 10 touchdown passes, then tied for the most in a season in Jaguars history.
 
Before joining the Jaguars, Koetter spent 22 years at the collegiate level, the final six as the head coach at Arizona State (2001-06). In his six seasons with the Sun Devils, Koetter led the team to four bowl games, posting a 40-34 record. Working as both the head coach and offensive coordinator, he helped Arizona State average nearly 30 points per game over six seasons, while ranking in the top 20 in the nation in passing offense in five of his six years. In addition, five of the six Sun Devil teams during Koetter’s tenure produced a 1,000-yard receiver and quarterbacks that threw for 20 or more touchdowns in five of six seasons.
 
Koetter’s first head coaching opportunity came at Boise State, where he spent three seasons (1998-2000), finishing with a 26-10 record and two consecutive bowl wins. He was a two-time Big West Coach of the Year and two-time conference champion.
 
A native of Pocatello, Idaho, Koetter played collegiately at Idaho State (1978-81), helping lead his team to a Division I-AA national championship as a senior. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and earned a master’s in athletic administration a year later. After getting his master’s, he became the head coach at Highland (Idaho) High School, where he worked from 1983-84, going 19-4 and winning the 1984 state championship.
 
In 1985, Koetter worked as the offensive coordinator at San Francisco State and from 1986-88 was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Texas El-Paso. He then served as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Missouri from 1989-93 and offensive coordinator at Boston College (1994-95) and Oregon (1996-97).
 
Koetter, 56, and his wife, Kim, have two daughters, Kaylee and Kendra, and two sons, Derek and Davis.
 

KOETTER AT A GLANCE

YEARS                                                                                               HEAD COACH                     
1978-81           Idaho State, player                                                      Bud Hake, Dave Kragthorpe
1983-84           Highland High School, Head Coach                          
1985                San Francisco State, Offensive Coordinator             Vic Rowen
1986                Texas El-Paso, Quarterbacks Coach                        Bob Stull
1987-88           Texas-El Paso, OC & QB Coach                               Bob Stull
1989-93           Missouri, Offensive Coordinator                                 Bob Stull
1994-95           Boston College, Offensive Coordinator                      Dan Henning
1996-97           Oregon, Offensive Coordinator                                  Mike Bellotti
1998-2000       Boise State, Head Coach
2001-06           Arizona State, Head Coach
2007-11           Jacksonville Jaguars, Offensive Coordinator            Jack Del Rio
2012-14           Atlanta Falcons, Offensive Coordinator                     Mike Smith
2015                Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Offensive Coordinator       Lovie Smith
2016                Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Head Coach
 
NOTABLE PLAYERS UNDER DIRK KOETTER
 

David Garrard

  • Pro Bowl Selection (2009)
Tony Gonzalez

  • 2x Pro Bowl Selection (2012, 2013)
  • First-team AP All-Pro (2012)
Julio Jones

  • 2x Pro Bowl Selection (2012, 2014)
  • First-team AP All-Pro (2014)
Maurice Jones-Drew

  • 3x Pro Bowl Selection (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • First-team AP All-Pro (2011)
  • 2x Sporting News All-Pro (2009, 2010)
  • 2x PFWA All-NFL/All-AFC Team (2009, 2011)
  • Led NFL in rushing in 2011
Marcedes Lewis

  • Pro Bowl Selection (2010)
  • Pro Football Focus All-Pro (2010)
Doug Martin

  • Pro Bowl Selection (2015)
  • First-team AP All-Pro (2015)
Matt Ryan

  • 2x Pro Bowl Selection (2012, 2014)
  • NFC Offensive Player of the Month (September 2012)
Fred Taylor

  • Pro Bowl Selection (2007)
  • Second-team AP All-Pro (2007)
  • 2007 FedEx Ground Player of the Year
Jameis Winston

  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month (November 2015)
  • 3x Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week
  • FedEx Air Player of the Week
OFFENSIVE MILESTONES UNDER KOETTER
 
Atlanta Falcons

  • Most yards in a single season in franchise history (378.2 per game)
Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Most points in a single season in franchise history (25.7 per game)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Most yards in a single season in franchise history (375.9 per game)
  • Second-most rushing yards in a single season in franchise history (135.1 per game)
  • Highest yards per carry in team history (4.82 avg.)
  • Fourth-most points in team history (21.4 per game)
QB David Garrard,

  • 102.2 passer rating in 2007
    • Career-best, franchise record, third-highest in NFL
  • 3,620 passing yards in 2008
    • Career-best
  • 64.5 completion percentage in 2010
    • Career-best, franchise record, seventh in NFL
  • 23 passing touchdowns in 2010
    • Career-best, then-franchise record
TE Tony Gonzalez

  • 93 receptions in 2012
    • Most by a tight end in franchise history, ninth-most in NFL, second-most by a tight end in NFL
  • 930 receiving yards in 2012
    • Most by a tight end in franchise history, third-most by a tight end in NFL
  • 8 touchdown receptions in 2013 & 2012
    • Tied for second-most by a tight end in team history
      • Tied for fourth-most in NFL both seasons
WR Julio Jones

  • 104 receptions in 2014
    • Tied for fourth-most in franchise history, third-most in NFL
  • 1,593 receiving yards in 2014
    • Second-most in franchise history, third-most in NFL
  • 10 touchdown receptions in 2012
    • Tied for ninth-most in franchise history, tied for seventh-most in NFL
TE Maurice Jones-Drew

  • 15 rushing touchdowns in 2009
    • Career-best, franchise record, second-highest in NFL
  • 1,606 rushing yards in 2011
    • Career-best, franchise record, most in NFL
TE Marcedes Lewis
10 touchdown receptions in 2010
  • Career-best, tied for then-franchise record (most by Jags TE), tied for seventh-most in NFL and tied for most by NFL tight end
RB Doug Martin

  • 1,402 rushing yards in 2015
    • Second-most in NFL, third-most in team history.
  • 1,673 yards from scrimmage in 2015
    • Third-most in team history, fourth-most in NFL
QB Matt Ryan

  • 68.6 completion percentage in 2012
    • Career-best, franchise record, led NFL
      • Also posted the second (2013) and fifth (2014) best completion percentage marks in team history under Koetter
  • 4,719 passing yards in 2012
    • Career-best, franchise record, fifth in NFL
      • Also posted the second (2014) and fourth (2013) best passing yard marks in team history under Koetter
      • Ranked fourth in 2013 and fifth in 2014 in the NFL in passing yards
  • 32 passing touchdowns in 2012
    • Career-best, franchise record, fifth-most in NFL
  • 99.1 passer rating in 2012
    • Career-best, second-most in team history, fifth-highest in NFL
RB Charles Sims

  • 4 touchdown receptions in 2015
    • Franchise record for running back                           
WR Reggie Williams

  • 10 touchdown receptions in 2007
    • Career-best, tied for then-franchise record
QB Jameis Winston

  • 4,042 passing yards in 2015
    • Second-most in team history, third-most by a rookie in NFL history. 11th-most in NFL
  • 22 passing touchdowns in 2015
    • Most by a rookie in team history, tied for fourth-most in a single season in team history, fourth-most by a rookie in NFL history
  • 6 rushing touchdowns in 2015
    • Most by a quarterback in single season in team history, second-most in NFL
  • 28 combined touchdowns in 2015
    • Franchise-record, tied for third-most by a rookie in NFL history
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