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Dirk Koetter is the new head coach of the Buccaneers

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Finally, after serving as an NFL offensive coordinator since 2007, Dirk Koetter is getting his shot as a head coach in the NFL.

The Tampa Bay Bucs formally announced Koetter's promotion this morning, and added that he has signed a five-year deal.

"We are excited to announce that Dirk Koetter will lead the Buccaneers as our new head coach,” Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer noted in the franchise's official release. ”Dirk has established himself as one of the top offensive coaches in our game while enjoying success at every stop during his college and NFL career. His success with our offense last season, along with his familiarity with our players and our organization, makes Dirk the right man to lead our team moving forward."

Koetter entered the NFL in 2007 as the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars after a very successful run as the head coach at Boise State, followed by a six-year stint as the head coach at Arizona State. At Boise State, Koetter went 26-10 in three seasons, and he hit the ten-win mark twice in those three years, and during a rebuild at Arizona State, Koetter took the team from 4-7 in year one to 8-wins in year two and nine wins in year four. After Jacksonville, Koetter went on to lead the offense with the Falcons before landing with the Bucs this past season.

In his one season in Tampa, Koetter gave the Tampa Bay offense the jolt it had been craving for years, setting team records for total net yards, and yards per play. At the season's end, the Bucs finished 5th in the NFL in total offense, which is quite impressive considering they were led by a rookie quarterback in Jameis Winston.

With Koetter, the Bucs get a sense of continuity, which should prove very valuable with some young pieces on offense.

Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest developments.