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PFT adds that while Koetter is indeed lining up a staff, negotiations between him and team haven't officially started.
Take Pro Football Talk's report with a little bit of caution at this juncture. Four minutes later, another source emerged with a different spin on the situation in Tampa:
Another source contends Koetter is lining up staff members IF he gets the job. So there's that.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 14, 2016
Koetter has served as an offensive coordinator at three different NFL stops, starting with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2007-11), before moving to the Atlanta Falcons (2012-14) and finally the Bucs (2015). He also has nine years of college head coaching experience to his credit, posting a 66-44 combined record with a 4-2 bowl mark at Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-06).
Tampa's offense showed a measurable improvement under Koetter this year, as the 56-year-old OC pushed the unit to a 20th overall ranking in total offense -- nine spots better than 2014.
He's also built a mutually-trusting relationship with new franchise quarterback Jameis Winston, and that bond may have been the clincher for what looks to be a slam dunk in-house hire.
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