ESPN Up-and-Coming Assistant Coaches: Dirk Koetter Ranks 5th

If you've been following some of the ESPN divisional blogs, you've noticed they've been ranking quite a few things. We've put up things on Marcedes Lewis being ranked, Maurice Jones-Drew being ranked, and David Garrardnot being ranked. Most recently however, they've ranked their top up-and-coming assistant coaches.

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter wound up 5th overall in the rankings. Worth noting, the Jaguars were the only AFC South squad to have an assistant coach fall in the rankings.

Welcome back:Unless you're a college football fan, you might not have heard of Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. He spent six years as the head coach at Arizona State, but has drawn some quiet acclaim for his work with the Jaguars and made a strong impression while interviewing with the Denver Broncos last winter.

"In a setting where he won't have to deal with boosters and can shine for being a smart X's and O's guy with strong coaching DNA," Kuharsky said, "I think he'd do far better. He's smart and will interview quite well. He really impressed John Elway and the Broncos before losing out to John Fox's experience. St. Louis wanted him as coordinator, but Jacksonville wouldn't let him go. He's heading into the final year of his contract. How Blaine Gabbert develops early on will have a big bearing on Koetter's future."

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