Maybe this time around, we'll see the up-tempo offense Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith promised when he was hired in January 2014.
The Bucs agreed to terms with Dirk Koetter to be their offensive coordinator Thursday night. Koetter has considerable experience as an NFL play-caller and has been a college head coach at Boise State and Arizona State.
This hire should solve what was a very big problem for the Bucs this season, when they were 30th in total offense.
Tampa Bay tabbed Jeff Tedford to be the offensive coordinator in 2014, but he had heart surgery just before the season and did not return to the team. Quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo called the plays with help from the offensive staff, and things didn't go well. The Bucs never really got into an offensive rhythm and the up-tempo scheme was scrapped, except for at the end of games.
With Koetter, the Bucs are likely to run that up-tempo offense. The past three seasons in Atlanta, he mixed in a no-huddle offense to keep defenses off-balance.
Inserting an offensive scheme might not be Koetter's only challenge. The Bucs hold the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and they could use it on Oregon's Marcus Mariota or Florida State's Jameis Winston, so Koetter might have to get a rookie ready in a hurry.