The Atlanta Falcons are attempting to “steal” former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter from their division rivals.
It was previously noted that Koetter was a candidate to replace recently-fired Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian in that role.
Now comes this report from D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noting that the Falcons have indeed offered Koetter the position.
“Dirk Koetter has been offered the position of Falcons offensive coordinator, according to one person familiar with the situation,” the report read. “A high-ranking team official when asked to confirm would say only there is no agreement at this time.”
Koetter, 59, coached the Buccaneers from 2016-18 before being fired on Dec. 30. He posted a dreadful 19-29 record in that role. Though, the longtime college and NFL coach did lead top-10 offenses with the Buccaneers in each of the past two seasons.
He had previously served as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator under Mike Smith from 2012-14, so this would be a reunion of sorts.
There’s no word on whether Koetter will accept the job. But if he does, Tampa Bay will have some idea what to expect when it takes on the Falcons twice next season.