Gregg Williams Recommends Dirk Koetter of Jaguars for Broncos' Coaching Job
But he did get a pretty impressive recommendation.
Koetter, who interviewed Tuesday with the Broncos in the team's first round of interviews for its vacant head coaching position, received an endorsement from New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
Williams pulled his name from consideration for the Broncos position Tuesday.
"Dirk Koetter is a GREAT find on your part," Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post reported Williams saying in a text message to Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway. "I have very high regard for him."
Williams, a former head coach in Buffalo, worked with Koetter in Jacksonville for a season.
The Broncos also plan to interview former Carolina head coach John Fox, and interviewed New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. Houston Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison also interviewed Tuesday.
Legwold reported that although he lacks the NFL head coaching experience Elways covets, Koetter "has support among the Broncos' decision-makers for his work with the Jacksonville offense - particularly quarterback David Garrard, as well as the team's running game."
"Any team with Maurice Jones-Drew is going to have a good running game," Koetter told Legwold. "I know Denver invested a high pick in (running back) Knowshon Moreno a couple years ago. (But) there's no reason they can't get back to running the ball like they're used to."
Koetter also discussed Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, calling him "a tremendous football player" and a "quarterback still in the developmental phase."
And while the Broncos have struggled in recent seasons, finishing 4-12 this past season, Koetter said, "The NFL is a league where you can turn around quick."
"There are examples of that every year in the league," Koetter said. "It's a situation where whoever comes into Denver is going to be looking to get them back on target."