While the Buccaneers are not making any official comments regarding their head coaching search, multiple sources have reported that Tampa Bay met and interviewed former Packers and Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman and current Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray on Thursday in Texas.
Sherman was the Packers head coach from 2000-2005 (57-39 record) and lead his team to three divisional titles in Green Bay during that stretch. He was fired after a 4-12 record in his last season as Packers head coach and was hired as an assistant coach with the Houston Texans before taking over the Aggie program in 2008. Sherman was 25-25 in his tenure as head coach at Texas A&M.
Jerry Gray was also interviewed this week according to reports. Gray played nine seasons in the NFL, including one season for the Buccaneers in 1993, and is currently the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. In his first season as defensive coordinator with the Titans, Gray’s unit finished 18th in the league in total defense. Gray previously coached with the Seahawks, Redskins and Bills, and also had an earlier stint with the Titans.
Others reportedly on the Buccaneers radar are Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, Carolina offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher may have in fact taken himself out of the Bucs picture though, as ESPN reported that Fisher stated the only two teams he is considering are the Miami Dolphins and the St. Louis Rams.
A name that seems to be picking up some steam, at least by fans, is current Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. While no one knows if he is on the Glazer/Dominik radar, Zimmer has been labeled as a disciplinarian and being a defensive coach may attract some interest from the Buccaneers. Zimmer’s coaching career began in 1979 at the University of Missouri, followed by stints at Webber State and Washington State. In 1994, Zimmer joined the Dallas Cowboys and also served as defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons in former coach Bobby Petrino’s one season. In 2008, Zimmer became the defensive coordinator for the Bengals, which ranked seventh in total defense this past season.