Koetter's Quarterbacks

Most of us believe the Buccaneers will make Jameis Winston the first overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, but will he be a good fit for the Bucs' new offense?

The Bucs made a change at offensive coordinator this off-season after the train wreck of Jeff Tedford from last season. In comes former Falcons and Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to now run the Bucs' offense.

Koetter has run a more pro-style attack in recent years with his running backs and tight ends being heavily involved in the offense. Maurice Jones-Drew and Marcedes Lewis reaped those benefits when Koetter was with the Jaguars, and Tony Gonzalez lit it up in his final season under Koetter with the Falcons.

It would seem as if a more pro-style pocket quarterbacks would be the best fit for Dirk Koetter's offense. However, some have pointed to Koetter's relationship with Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich, who had been a longtime assistant under Koetter, as a reason for the Bucs to consider Marcus Mariota with their 1st overall selection.

Let's take a look at some of the starting quarterbacks Dirk Koetter has had since 2001.

2001 -Jeff Krohn

2002 - Chad Christiansen

2003-2004 - Andrew Walter

2005-2006 - Rudy Carpenter

2007-2010 - David Garrard

2011 - Blaine Gabbert

2012-2014 - Matt Ryan

Koetter's most successful years as an NFL offensive coordinator came with quarterbacks like David Garrard and Matt Ryan being able to make consistent plays from the pocket.

Blaine Gabbert's biggest criticism coming out of Missouri was his massive amount of passes within 5-yards of the line of scrimmage, his completion percentage on passes 20+ yards down the field, and him just being a spread quarterback. Needless-to-say, Gabbert didn't really fit into Koetter's offense. To be fair, Gabbert doesn't really fit in anyone's offense.

Back to Koetter's days at Arizona State, his most successful quarterbacks were Andrew Walter and Rudy Carpenter, both of whom made plays from the pocket.

I believe Jameis Winston has the potential to be as good, if not better, than Matt Ryan was running Dirk Koetter's offense. The hope now, and with any young quarterback, is that he gets to keep his coordinator and offensive system for years to come because too much change on a young quarterback can ruin that quarterback.

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