Dirk Koetter has worked with Mike Smith on two different teams, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, so Dirk has a strong relationship and a ton of confidence, in the Newly appointed DC. Smith seems to be in high spirits, after stepping down from HC of Atlanta to DC of Tampa, but obviously, that means, he sees something in Tampa, that makes the demotion worth the while.
“Let me say this about the NFC South: Look at the four teams. Look at the four quarterbacks. Is there any other division in the National Football League that has quarterback play like you have here in the NFC South?” Smith said, referring to Winston, Carolina’s Cam Newton, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and New Orleans’ Drew Brees. “So as the defensive coordinator, you’re going to have some sleepless nights and some long game planning days to prepare for the other quarterbacks we’re going to be playing,” he added. “But the great thing about it is that those defensive coordinators on those other teams are going to have the same thing with Jameis and Dirk putting together a game plan.” – Reported by USA TODAY