Would Glazers Allow Koetter to Leave?

For an ownership group that has clamored for offense since they bought the Buccaneers, could the Glazers actually allow their best offensive coordinator to walk?

Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter appears primed to interview with the Eagles for the 2nd time in 3 years to become their head coach. The more I've thought about this situation involving a possible departure of Dirk Koetter, the more it just makes no sense to me.

We need to start by thinking about what makes the Glazers tick.

Since Malcolm Glazer bought the organization, the Glazer family has longed for offense and a franchise quarterback. Hell, they traded 4 high draft picks for an offensive minded coach in Jon Gruden. It's been an obsession for them that had turned into depression.

There's little doubt in my mind that the removal of Jon Gruden and Bruce Allen to go with unproven commodities in Raheem Morris and Mark Dominik was the result of Gruden never drafting and developing a quarterback. In that upcoming draft, I'm sure the order was sent down, and the Bucs drafted Josh Freeman to be their franchise quarterback.

It was the Glazers that went all in on Chip Kelly before Chip Kelly's name was ever even mentioned with the NFL. Perhaps just hours away from signing Kelly, he had a change of heart, and the Glazers went with a panic hire in Greg Schiano.

After the debacle of Greg Schiano, and the unfortunate decline of Josh Freeman, the Glazers needed a steady hand to become the next head coach, all while still wanting assurance that the offense would be taken care of. Lovie Smith promised Jeff Tedford and "speed in space," so that combination of steady head coach plus fun offense was brought to Tampa.

After Tedford abandoned the team, it was back to the drawing board for the Glazers. Luckily for them, the Falcons decided to clean house, and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter became available. The Bucs quickly pounced and made him one of the highest paid coordinators in the NFL. The Glazers had gotten their stable offensive coordinator and followed it up with the drafting of franchise quarterback Jameis Winston.

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The Glazers finally have what they always wanted. They have a coordinator that led the Bucs to having a top 5 offense in the NFL with a rookie franchise quarterback who has the chance to be elite.

So, I'm supposed to believe that the Glazers, who just achieved a goal they've been so desperate to reach, are going to just sit back and let this successful offensive coordinator, and the stabilizing factor for both their offense and their young franchise quarterback, to just leave? Pardon me if I find this hard to believe.

I'm not sure what the ultimate gameplan is behind closed doors at One Buc Place, but the Glazers love offense and understand the ramifications of losing Dirk Koetter. Losing Koetter would destabilize their offense, give their young quarterback uncertainty with a 2nd offense to learn in two years, and put the Glazers back to square one of finding an offensive mind to bring excitement to their once stale team.

The Glazers do not want to go through this again. It will be interesting to see how this progresses as one of their prized possessions in Dirk Koetter gets more and more interest for head coaching jobs this off-season.


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