If Dirk Koetter believes that coaching in the NFL is a “career change,” as he suggested last month, it is evidently one that he is comfortable with. The former Arizona State coach on Monday was named offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars, his first position at the professional level in a 25-year career.
Koetter, 47, was 40-34 in six years with the Sun Devils. He was fired after the regular season but coached ASU in a 41-24 loss in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve.
Talking about his future in the days before the bowl game, Koetter said: “The NFL seems like a career change. I don’t know that. My friends in the NFL say it’s not, but to me, for some reason, it feels like it. But we’ll just have to see.”
The third play-caller in three seasons for Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio, Koetter guided ASU’s passing offense to a top-20 ranking in Division I-A in five of his six seasons in Tempe.
Koetter replaces Carl Smith, who was one of five assistants fired last week after the Jaguars dropped three in a row to end the season, finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons.
Del Rio also hired Joe DeCamillis as special teams coordinator Monday.
DeCamillis replaces Pete Rodriguez, whose units were partially to blame for three losses in 2006.
“Both of these men have extensive experience and success in coaching, and they are each a very good fit for our staff and our team,” Del Rio said. “I believe they will make a positive impact here.”