Although it didn't necessarily translate to victories over the past two seasons, the offense consistently functioned at a high level under Koetter's leadership. In Koetter's first season, Atlanta's offense was in the top ten in points scored, passing yards and total offense, and that success carried them to a 13-3 season and an NFC Championship appearance. In 2013, despite catastrophic injuries, the Falcons offense ranked seventh in passing yards per game. In 2014, Atlanta finished the regular season ranked eighth in the league for offensive yards per game and fifth in the league for passing yards per game.
Koetter will likely have a first-round rookie quarterback to work with in Tampa Bay next season, as well as second-year receiver Mike Evans. Veteran Vincent Jackson is also signed through 2017, and Doug Martin and Charles Sims are both promising young running backs. The Bucs will be looking for a quick turnaround for an offense that finished the 2014 season 30th in total offensive yards per game and 29th in points per game.
Tampa Bay was looking for an experienced play caller to develop their young players and shape their offense, and according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Koetter was their first choice. It's a two year deal for Koetter with an option year, per Rapoport.
What are your thoughts on Koetter's departure being made official? Who would you like to see take his place in Atlanta?