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Lovie Smith

Dirk Koetter promoted as Buccaneers new head coach

Dirk Koetter is confident the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the verge of becoming relevant again.

The long-time NFL assistant became the team's fifth coach in eight years Friday, assuming the task of transforming a team that has finished last in its division five consecutive seasons into playoff contenders.

Koetter, an offensive coordinator for three clubs over the past nine years, succeeds Lovie Smith, who was fired last week after going 8-24 in two seasons.

"It's one of the happiest days of my life, but also one of the most humbling. Long time in the making," he said, choking back tears while giving thanks to his parents for the role they played in a...