- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Before training camps kick off, a number of players and some coaches will pay tribute to people who helped them make it to the NFL as part of the AFC South Blog’s summer series: “Early Influence.”
Dirk Koetter, Jaguars offensive coordinator
“I’ve been blessed to have several of those people, first and foremost, my father, Jim. I’m the son of a high school coach, so I grew up talking ball. Ball was being talked at my dinner table every day. That’s a no brainer for me.
“He’s still as good a football coach as I’ve been around, and I’ve been around a whole lot of football coaches. My father chose to stay put, be a high school coach then be a college coach in Pocatello. He had a lot of chances to leave. My dad’s able to coach multiple positions at any level.
“He was one of those guys that was way ahead of his time in coaching quarterbacks and working with quarterbacks and understanding the passing game and I got a foundation from him. I couldn’t do very much of it as a player, but I was good at remembering it as a coach.
“I learned about the footwork of the quarterback, the mechanics of the quarterback, the timing between the quarterback and the route breaks. That’s stuff he was going over with me when I was a little kid. I kid with him all the time, we even have a couple elements of the same passing game we ran at Highland High School [in Pocatello, Idaho] in the mid-1970s in our offense with the Jaguars today.”