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Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter Gets Some Positive Attention

June 26th, 2011 at 1:04 PM
By Brendan Sonnone

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is finally receiving some long overdue credit for being one of the league’s top play-callers. 

Agent Bob Lattinville Premier Stinson Sports, was asked to comprise a list of the top up-and-coming (no head coaching experience in the league) assistant coaches in the NFL for ESPN and he put Koetter as No.1.

Here is what Lattinville said about the offensive coordinator

“Koetter’s expertise with X's and O's and scheme are rare, even for the NFL, and he remains cool under pressure.”

After that, ESPN’s Kevin Seifert and a group of other network NFL bloggers put together their own list of up-and-coming assistants and Koetter finished a respectable fifth. 

ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky  put Koetter third on his list and said this about him:

"In a setting where he won't have to deal with boosters and can shine for being a smart X's and O's guy with strong coaching DNA," Kuharsky said, "I think he'd do far better. He's smart and will interview quite well. He really impressed John Elway and the Broncos before losing out to John Fox's experience. St. Louis wanted him as coordinator, but Jacksonville wouldn't let him go. He's heading into the final year of his contract. How Blaine Gabbert develops early on will have a big bearing on Koetter's future." 

It’s great to see Koetter getting deserved props for his great work as both a game planner and play caller. I've long thought he's been overlooked.

He took the position with Jacksonville in 2007 and in his first year he improved the team from 10th overall in total offense to seventh. 

More importantly, Koetter has been able to make the most with an underwhelming cast. 

Sure the Jaguars have All-Pro Maurice Jones-Drew, but they have also lacked a dominant quarterback, wide receiver and offensive line during Koetter’s tenure. The former Arizona State head coach has utilized quarterback David Garrard as well as can be expected given Garrard’s propensity for panicking and checking down too quickly. 

He has also helped Jones-Drew and tight end Marcedes Lewis develop into elite players at their respective positions.

Koetter interviewed with the Denver Broncos for their head coaching position this offseason and reportedly interviewed well before the Broncos ultimately hired the more experienced John Fox. 

He is in the last year of his contract and it will be interesting to see if the Jaguars consider promoting Koetter to head coach if current headman Jack Del Rio disappoints this season. If the Jaguars don't someone else will. 
Tags: Dirk Koetter, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL, offensive coordinator

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