Tampa Bay’s Koetter deserves an award

by Gary Shelton on December 10, 2015 · 0 comments

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If there were such an award as NFL Assistant Coach of the Year, it would probably go to someone whose team has lit up the scoreboard. Arizona's Harold Goodwin, for instance, whose team leads the league in scoring.

Or maybe it would be a coach whose team is unbeaten. Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott comes to mind.

Winston believes in Bucs' coordinator Dirk Koetter./JEFFREY KING

Winston believes in Bucs' coordinator Dirk Koetter

Denver's Wade Phiips still has something to add.  So does New England's Josh McDaniels. Pittsburgh's Todd Haley has kept the Steelers winning even though quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been injured

But if you think about where they began, and where they are now, wouldn't the award have to go to Tampa Bay's Dirk Koetter?

Last year, before Koetter, the Bucs were the worst team in the NFL. This year, with him, they are a playoff contender. Last year, the offensive line looked like matadors. This year, they a competitive unit. Last year, the Bucs were third from the bottom in rushing. This year, they are second from the top.

Yeah, he's made a difference.

This year, you might even suggest that the Bucs are, well, coordinated.

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