During his first meeting with reporters in the new role, Koetter broke down his vision for the future of the franchise, discussed the development of the team's up-and-coming stars and explained how he plans on adapting to life as a head coach.
But before Koetter took center stage, general manager Jason Licht explained the thinking behind the front office's move, per PewterReport.com:
Jason Licht talking at today's press conference. pic.twitter.com/FixTi79ddl— PewterReport.com (@PewterReport) January 15, 2016
"It’s one of the happiest days of my life but also one of the most humbling," Koetter said, per the Bucs' official Twitter account.
"This is where I want to be, this is where my family wanted to be" said Koetter, per Pewter Report, also noting that he knows the players.
"In football, it's always refreshing to see someone who has worked very hard, been dedicated, get promoted to head coach," said Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer, per Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com.
The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud relayed Koetter's thoughts on the journey ahead:
Koetter: "This team is headed in the right direction. Easy to say, hard to do."— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 15, 2016
Koetter: "I don't have all the answers and I'm going to be learning stuff every day. "— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 15, 2016
Not surprisingly, Koetter reiterated he will maintain a stranglehold on how the offense takes shape, per PewterReport.com:
Koetter said roles will change on staff but he'll continue to call plays, one of his favorite parts of game managing— PewterReport.com (@PewterReport) January 15, 2016
New Bucs HC Koetter: Majority of offensive staff will be returning— PewterReport.com (@PewterReport) January 15, 2016
Koetter also confirmed a major change to the team's coaching staff, according to Auman:
Koetter confirms that former Falcons coach Mike Smith will be his defensive coordinator. "Huge hire for us."— Greg Auman (@gregauman) January 15, 2016
The Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings noted that Koetter billed Mike Smith as a player's coach:
Koetter says Mike Smith is the kind of guy who you want in from of your players every day. Smith will be new DC.— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) January 15, 2016
The first-time NFL head coach explained that he'll try to be as transparent as possible, per Stroud:
Koetter said there's certain things a head coach can't say but he's going to do his best to be consistent every day.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 15, 2016
"This is where I want to be, this is where my family wanted to be," Koetter said, per Pewter Report.
Koetter only spent one year as the Bucs' offensive coordinator before he was promoted, but that small sample size lent credence to the belief that he can help maximize the team's bevy of offensive talent.
During Koetter's first year in Tampa, the Bucs set team records for net yards and yards per play while ranking fifth in the NFL in total offense, per Scott Smith of the team's official website.
With a core comprised of quarterback Jameis Winston, running back Doug Martin and wide receiver Mike Evans, Tampa Bay also posted the second-best rushing (135.1 yards per game) and passing (240.8 yards per game) averages in franchise history.
However, Koetter will need to work with the Bucs' front office to try to retain Martin in free agency after the balanced back finished 83 yards off Adrian Peterson's league-best rushing pace. If Martin returns, look for Tampa Bay to continue its emergence as one of the NFL's scariest young offenses with Winston rapidly developing under center.