All the way until draft day, there were people locally and nationally trying to connect the dots between the Bucs and Marcus Mariota. For those people who actually believed that pairing would become a reality, there go-to argument was that current Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has a strong relationship with Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich.
Helfrich was a long time assistant for Koetter while the two were at Boise State and Arizona State from 1998-2005. For Helfrich, he didn't even start running a spread offense until he learned it under Chip Kelly at Oregon. Our own Gil Arcia pointed this out back in January.
As for the spread offense, Koetter has his own opinion on that.
“That’s one thing, even though I love watching spread football on TV, spread football doesn’t necessarily prepare guys the best for the NFL," Koetter said on Monday.
Jason Licht and Lovie Smith were already locked in on Jameis Winston before Koetter was even interviewed by the Bucs. It is very possible that Koetter was a target to be the Buccaneers' offensive coordinator because his offense was a good fit for Jameis Winston.
Winston exceeded expectations in his first mini camp over the weekend. Lovie Smith said Winston was very impressive in learning the playbook and spent long hours every night to make sure he was getting it down. For Koetter, this was no surprise.
"I’ve known about Jimbo Fisher and his style of offense for a long time," Koetter said. "They truly do run an NFL style system. They ask a lot of their guys mentally. I think Jameis is as well prepared as most any guy could be right now.”
This is very good news because the Bucs will need Jameis Winston to be ready since he'll end up being the team's starting quarterback come training camp.Subscribe to The Commish Online Podcast on iTunes!
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