UPDATED 8:52pm on 01/13/06
PFT adds that while Koetter is indeed lining up a staff, negotiations between him and team haven't officially started.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is reportedly telling assistant coaches with the team that he has landed the head coaching job, per NBC's Pro Football Talk.
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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