The Miami Dolphins requested to interview Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Then the Buccaneers fired head coach Lovie Smith. Will Smith or should Smith be a candidate for the Dolphins?
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Koetter is a very good coach but his money is with quarterbacks. In the two seasons with Tampa, the Buc’s haven’t exactly been lighting it up on the scoreboard. While the quarterbacks have grown, and last year rookie Jameis Winston looked good, the team as a whole has failed. Is this simply because the Buc’s are rebuilding? One thing is clear, they won’t rebuild it with Smith at the helm and many believe that Koetter will be promoted.
Smith took the job in Tampa after he was let go from the same job in Chicago. Smith was the head coach of the Bears from 2004 to 2012. He joined Tampa in 2014. His career coaching record is 92-86.
My initial thought was Miami needed to hire this guy. He is still hungry and could be a long-term solution. At the age of 57, Smith has a lot of football left in him but Miami would need to give him time to develop the roster. In addition Smith would likely bring excellent coaching candidates with him. In 2006 Smith led the Bears to the Super Bowl, his only appearance. The Bears finished with double-digit wins in four of those nine seasons, one season at .500, and one at 9-7.
His quarterback for the Super Bowl? Rex Grossman. Smith is talented and the Dolphins would be very smart to take a long look at him as a coach. In his final season with the Bears he led the team to a 10-6 record and was still fired. In Tampa he was told they were going to rebuild the roster. He finished 2-14 after the Buc’s gutted the team and won five games in 2015 with a rookie quarterback.
Wonder what he could do in Miami with a team that is a mess but has core pieces in place?