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Dirk Koetter about to be back with Falcons at old job?

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Dec 30, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter looks on during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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And intriguing twist emerged on Monday afternoon involving fired Bucs coach Dirk Koetter and the NFC South rival. It looks like he may end up back where he came to Tampa Bay from, the Atlanta Falcons.

Falcons beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Orlando Ledbetter had the story late Monday afternoon:

This news comes on the heels of Falcons coach Dan Quinn firing his entire coordinating staff Monday morning. That included second-year offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

And with Koetter being dismissed Sunday night by the Buccaneers after three seasons as the head coach, it opens the door for him to return to Atlanta, where he had previously served as the offensive coordinator under head coach Mike Smith and worked with quarterback Matt Ryan. He was with the Falcons for three seasons, 2012 through 2014 calling plays.

He joined the Buccaneers, as offensive coordinator under Lovie Smith the following year, 2015, which was Jameis Winston rookie season with Tampa Bay.

Winston, the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in a season that first year. Then, when Lovie Smith was fired after the Bucs fell apart losing their last four games and finished 6 – 10, Koetter was elevated to head coach.

The AJC story also says that former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrel Bevell is under consideration in Atlanta. He has a previous relationship with Quinn, when they were both assistants in Seattle.

Koetter reportedly had one year remaining on his Tampa Bay coaching contract, and it would be an interesting twist, if he would elect to back to being a play-caller immediately after having been a head coach for the last three years.

Koetter was also previously the offensive coordinator for Jack Del Rio with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007-11, where he coordinated highly successful offenses led by quarterback David Gerrard and running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

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