Bucs 'close' to agreement with Koetter to be head coach

Koetter's name was immediately inserted into rumors after the Buccaneers fired Lovie Smith Jan. 6 following two seasons.

FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports Bucs OC Dirk Koetter has not been offered Tampa Bay's head-coaching job yet. The Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles also requested permission from the Bucs to interview Koetter for their top vacancies before choosing Adam Gase and Doug Pederson, respectively.

Dirk Koetter served as the team's offensive coordinator a year ago. Many felt he would get more time at the helm, but with this promotion it seems like keeping Koetter - who could have potentially left elsewhere for a head coaching job - was a higher priority for the organization. We still believe it's only a matter of time before Koetter replaces Lovie Smith. Koetter spent six seasons as the Arizona State head coach before joining the National Football League ranks.

Koetter had similar success with QBs as an offensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons.

In his first season, Jameis Winston showed improvement as he gained more experience, throwing for over 200 yards and tossing 12 touchdowns passes in seven out of his last eight games. The 49ers confirmed Chip Kelly as their next head coach Thursday. That hurts, and although this year marked the ninth straight season without a postseason appearance, Tampa Bay should feel encouraged heading into next year.

A native of Pocatello, Idaho, Koetter played four seasons at Idaho State (1978-81) as the team won a Division I-AA national championship.

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