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Dirk Koetter needs to get a rookie ready for Bucs

2/12/2015

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter came across as confident during this segment of "Meet the Coaches" on Buccaneers.com.

Koetter, who spent the last three seasons in Atlanta working with Matt Ryan and tutored David Garrard in Jacksonville before that, better have some confidence. He has a huge challenge in front of him.

“Regardless of who our quarterback is, I’m confident I can help that guy play as close to his potential as we can possibly get," Koetter said. "Any player is going to be successful if he plays as close to his potential and talent level as we can get him."

It has become very obvious Koetter is going to be working with a rookie quarterback. On Wednesday the Bucs released veteran Josh McCown, who started 11 games last season. Mike Glennon is a backup in the eyes of the coaching staff, and he could even be trade bait.

Tampa Bay’s depth chart at quarterback now is wide open, and it’s not a stretch to imagine the Bucs opening the season with a rookie. Tampa Bay holds the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft.

All indications are they’re going to use it either on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston or Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

If the Bucs wanted a "bridge" quarterback to cover the span between the present and the future, they would have kept McCown. They didn’t.

That means Koetter is going to have to do his best work yet to get a rookie ready to play.