Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dirk Koetter to Buccaneers: Takeaways from Coach's Introductory Press Conference

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2015, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter talks to quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, in Tampa, Fla. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have named Dirk Koetter the 11th head coach in franchise history, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2016

After parting ways with Lovie Smith in a surprising turn of events, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially named offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter the team's next head coach on Friday. 

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:  

"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:  

Not surprisingly, Koetter reiterated he will maintain a stranglehold on how the offense takes shape, per PewterReport.com:

Koetter also confirmed a major change to the team's coaching staff, according to Auman:  

The Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings noted that Koetter billed Mike Smith as a player's coach: 

The first-time NFL head coach explained that he'll try to be as transparent as possible, per Stroud

"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.  

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