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February 17, 2012 @ 7:31 pm
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Bucs Make It Official: Sheridan Hired As Defensive Coordinator

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As reported earlier today, the Bucs made it official this evening announcing former Giants coach Bill Sheridan will join Greg Schiano's staff as Tampa Bay's defensive coordinator.
As expected and reported earlier this afternoon the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  have officially announced that they have hired Bill Sheridan as defensive coordinator.

"Bill is a great teacher who brings a tremendous understanding of defensive football to the Buccaneers organization," said Head Coach Greg Schiano. "Over the last three decades, he has had the opportunity to work under some great head coaches like Bo Schembechler, Nick Saban, Lloyd Carr, and Tom Coughlin. His experience and knowledge will be a great benefit to our defensive staff."

Sheridan, a 31-year coaching veteran, has coached seven years in the NFL including five with the New York Giants as linebackers coach (2005-08) and defensive coordinator (2009) and the past two seasons as linebackers coach for the Miami Dolphins (2010-11).

As a member of the Dolphins' defensive staff, Sheridan helped lead a formidable linebacker unit that included Cameron Wake, Jason Taylor, Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett. Wake recorded 22.5 sacks over the last two seasons, including 14.0 in 2010, which ranked third in the NFL and was the eighth highest total in team history, earning him Pro Bowl honors. This season, Burnett and Dansby each recorded over 100 tackles, two sacks and 10 tackles for loss.

While with the Giants, Sheridan helped mold middle linebacker Antonio Pierce into a Pro Bowler and leader of the 2007 Super Bowl champion's defensive unit.

In 2007, the Giants ranked seventh in the NFL in total defense, eighth in rushing defense and 11th in passing defense, while leading the league in sacks. The unit then had a dominant four-game run in the playoffs, allowing a postseason-low 16.3 points per game. The season culminated with a victory in Super Bowl XLII over the New England Patriots, where the Giants held the highest-scoring offense in NFL history to just 14 points.

The following season the Giants' defense improved to fifth overall, ninth in rushing defense and eighth in passing defense. In Sheridan's lone season as the defensive coordinator, the Giants ranked 13th in total defense, 14th against the rush and 15th versus the pass.

Other Giants linebackers who benefited from Sheridan's tutelage included Carlos Emmons, Brandon Short, LaVar Arrington, Kawika Mitchell, Chase Blackburn and Mathias Kiwanuka, whom Sheridan guided through a transition from defensive end.

Prior to joining the Giants, Sheridan had extensive coaching experience with some of the most iconic collegiate football programs, having served as linebackers coach (2002) and defensive line coach (2003-04) with the University of Michigan, safeties and special teams coach (2001) with Notre Dame and linebackers coach (1998-2000) with Michigan State University.

In his time at Michigan, the team carried a 29-9 record, while earning two trips to the Rose Bowl and a 2002 victory over Florida in the Outback Bowl. They also finished ranked in the AP Top 25 in all three seasons (#9 in 2002, #6 in 2003 and #14 in 2004). He helped coach LB Victor Hobson and DT Gabe Watson to All-Big 10 honors.

In his one year directing the safeties at Notre Dame, he helped tutor Gerome Sapp and Abram Elam, who both went on to NFL careers.

In 1999, Sheridan coached under Nick Saban as Michigan State went on to a 10-2 record, a #7 national ranking, and a win over Florida in the Florida Citrus Bowl.

Sheridan began his coaching career at Shrine High School in Royal Oak, Mich., from 1981-84. He was then a graduate assistant at Michigan for two seasons before coaching linebackers at three schools - Maine, Cincinnati and Army - from 1987-95. In 1996 and 1997, Sheridan coached the defensive backs at West Point.

Sheridan is a native of Detroit and earned four letters as a linebacker at Grand Valley State University. He and his wife, Jaycine, have four children: Joe, Nick, Mark and Natalie.

Former NFL linebacker Bryan Cox was also hired today and confirmed to PewterReport.com by a source in the organization. Cox, a 12-year NFL veteran is expected to coach the pass rush as he has in prior coaching stops in New York, Cleveland and Miami.

In 165 career NFL games he recorded 764 tackles, recorded 51.5 quarterback sacks, nabed four interceptions, and forced 22 fumbles.


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    DBuc63: "Substance"? Darn, I was shooting for levity.
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    SCUBOG- C'mon man, ha! Seriously, do what most of the respectable readers do, skip over the comments of those with little substance. Unfortunately that is many but hey, when they start winning everyone will agree and say the same thing differently. Yes scubog, your comments do carry substance! ha!
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    well guys and gals here is another coach that will be in tampa to improve its deensive team and i say again its a win win sistutaion. i say that Tampa will have 3 players that Tampa wants with the no#5 pick The CB from LSU,The RB from Bama and the WR from OKLA STATS., If all three are gone I say trade down for two good picks and Tampa is off and running.GO BUcs-Oh By the way TAMPA WILL HAVE OVER $68MILLOION DOLLARS TO GET SOME VETERANS FA IN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL, PLUS I SAY TAMPA DRAFT NEEDS I SAY WILL BE 3 IMPACT PLAYERS AND T HREE PLAYERS THAT WILL BE RESERVE. PLUS ANOTHER QB TO BACK UP FREEMAN.GO BUCS AGAIN2.
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    Bucs lure line guru from Pitt staff Bob Bostad didn’t stick as the University of Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for long. Nice job!
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    ...just read Rick Stroud announce that the 'Bucs just hired Pitt OC Bob Bostad as the OC line coach...
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    VTBucs, you are correct. They did have injuries that year and they did move up in ranking when healthy. They actually, even with the VERY bad stretch, finished at 13th overall in defense that year. That is just 3 spots out of a top 10 defense. The Bucs are nowhere near that, and I would be VERY happy if this guy could coach our D to even a 16th, or middle of the pack defense. As for PederW, he is not a college DB coach, he is an NFL defensive coordinator, NFL LB coach, and has vast experience as a collegiate coach. And just for the record, almost EVERY NFL coach has coached at the college level. How do you think they get their chance?? Not many can just jump right into the NFL without proving themselves in the college ranks first. Most who do that actually played in the NFL, so they can skip the college coaching because they played in the NFL and had the NFL experience as a player.
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    The year that Sheridan was D-Coordinator for the GMen the Defense had a ton of injuries, towards the end of the year when healthy the Defense started moving up in ranking. The Bucs D can't possibly be any worse than last years D. Let's give this guy a chance. Now, with that being said, the only way Sheridan can help improve this Defense is if the Bucs front office give him a fighting chance through FA by signing some key Defensive players.
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    Like most who wont admit it, I know virtually nothing about Bill Sheridan except the records of the various places he has coached. Apparently, many of our posters focus on and believe Coach Sheridan to be solely responsible for the single season with the Giants when the defense did not play up to expectations. I think it at least reasonable that we all should look at his body of work and trust Coach Schiano's decision before bemoaning it. I know this, the mighty Bucs defense was DEAD LAST for points scored against last year. We could have hired the guy with the cardboard "Will Coach for Beer" sign for Defensive Coordinator and do just as well. Let's give the entire new staff a chance.
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    Couldnt agree more sir. Our defense was soft, lazy, and distinctly un-Bucs-like last year. We could have hired Justin Bieber and have had realistic expectations for a statistical improvement over 2011.
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    we hire a college d-backs coach to be our defensive coordinator? the only year he was defensive coordinator was with the giants...who sucked defensively despite their talent. i dont know what to think....anyone have an opinion?
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    Nice....Mr. Cook, any news on a qb coach yet ?
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    I will gladly eat the words I echo from the previous story thread where the Bucs were just talking to Sheridan,: Get ready for yet ANOTHER year of putrid defense and I do honestly wish the guy the best of luck( I think he'll really be needing it) because I want to see my Bucs be great again and I'm still holding out hope that our defensive line has some breakout seasons from guys like GMC. Price and Bowers though...but sorry, this guy already looks like a deer lost in the headlights of a prolific opposing offense...
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