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January 6, 2012 @ 10:16 am
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Bucs Conduct Interviews With Sherman, Gray

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The Bucs began their head coaching search this week and conducted their first rounds of interviews, meeting with former Packers coach Mike Sherman and Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. According to ESPN, Jeff Fisher has closed the door on any other teams besides the Dolphins and Rams.

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.

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    Looks like Sherman is crying in this picture, didn't realize it until now.
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    yes o and agree
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    @Horse -- I believe AC Service is referring to the data/time stamp on posts appearing to be in GMT as opposed to Eastern Time (though the posts are often oddly out of order as well). ----------- To those asking for MORE or "better" info/scoop from PR: I think half their sources were just FIRED. I think the other half are shell-shocked and a bit too "raw" to be responsive (plus, based upon their shock are Raheem's firing, they're NOT great sources of reliable intel (I'm referring to the "team"). ------------ Just waiting for better times..... I'll ultimately convince myself to keep an open mind across the board. I'll take Bill Cowher as an example in my personal exercise: It took him a while to get the team to a consistently competitive position. It did. Once he did, they remained solid for a pass directly to Tomlin. But wait, there's more good news! Expectations are now WAY lower, so disappointment won't sting nearly as much. Go Bucs!
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    Marty S. would be good for Tampa...
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    Oh, now I see. Sherman as HC, Childers as OC, Holmgren as QB Coach, Del Rio as D Coordinator, Herm Edwards as D Back Coach, D Brooks as LB Coach, Mike Alstott as RB Coach, Jerry Rice as receivers coach, Warren Sapp as D line Coach, and Paul Gruber as O line Coach. Then sign Lovie and Mike Tomlin as QC coaches. Sounds like a plan to me. The only one likey to happen is Sherman as HC , and I think I'm getting sick. Since we played like the laughing stock of the league last year, we might as well sign a HC that will ensure keeping them laughing. The Boy owners seem to have no idea what they are doing. BTW, I wonder who we wil draft with our forth round pick this year? Glad we got K2's pro bowl replacement in last years draft.
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    Horse, I don't agree with you that things are that bad. There is talent on this team and you know that. The New Coach will have a young strong armed QB, at least one decent running back, a couple of decent wide receivers, and a DL flush with first and second round picks. There is talent at DB, and we have a top 5 pick and likely will be able to pick the #1 Defensive player in the Draft ( Cornerback Clayborn from LSU) I think if the Bucs are facing even more Fan defections and no longer have to pay Gruden's Salary, they may be inclined to spend some money.
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    The G men are never inclined to spend money unless it is on ManU.
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    seat26, yes I agree there is talent on this team, but not at LB (except Foster) and CB's (Barber will be slower but okay as a nickel and talib is probably going to jail). The Center spot is weak and we are lacking a TE and RB. The problem we have is the 2012 schedule as it is much tougher than the 2011. Of course we both are assuming we have a legit QB which now I am not as sure as I was before.
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    Time to bring back Gruden...NOT John...but rather Jay!!
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    Does Dom get a commission for getting another one of his agents clients a job?If so,I understand Dom wanting Sherman ~the commission alone has to be 3x what the Bucs pay him ! ;)
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    Im actually ok with the thought of Sherman as HC, and Childress as OC. You never know people. Sherman did well in GB, and was fired after a 4-12 season.( like all coaches usually are) and Childress had the Vikings in the NFC championship game. Lots of knowlege between those guys. Now get Del Rio for Defense, and i would be optimistic, and slightly excited.
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    Brad Childress is to be interviewed for the OC job..Sherman is likely the choice people...So much for an exhaustive search~ I guess 2 guys constitutes an exhaustive search for two rich kid brothers with little to no football heart.. And the next chapter of crap football is about to begin..Ticket prices are likely to soar...
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    Im actually ok with the thought of Sherman as HC, and Childress as OC. You never know people.
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    patience is required here Buc Fans. Lets see what plays out here before everyone gets all excited. This team is a big mess and it took it several years (Gruden/Morris) to screw it up and it will take some time before we are better. The schedule next year is very hard. I don't expect more than 4 wins again, but hopefully better play from the offense and defense. That's why I am pushing for huge ticket price reduction in order to increase the fan base that attends games or would like too. It's easier to justify price increases if the product is improving. The Glazers need to drop all prices by at least 25-30% and I am not talking about the nose bleed area for the 2012 season. The 2013 season ticket prices can go up little higher if the product improves. The Glazers are in a total different position than when they bought this team? Everybody had hope for improvement because of Culverhouse; it's not the same now and the Glazers I hope understand that. Go Bucs! Win back the Community.
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    patience is required here Buc Fans. Lets see what plays out here before everyone gets all excited. This team is a big mess and it took it several years (Gruden/Morris) to screw it up and it will take some time before we are better. The schedule next year is very hard. I don't expect more than 4 wins again, but hopefully better play from the offense and defense. That's why I am pushing for huge ticket price reduction in order to increase the fan base that attends games or would like too. It's easier to justify price increases if the product is improving. The Glazers need to drop all prices by at least 25-30% and I am not talking about the nose bleed area for the 2012 season. The 2013 season ticket prices can go up little higher if the product improves. The Glazers are in a total different position than when they bought this team? Everybody was had hope for improvement because of Culverhouse; it's not the same now and the Glazers I hope understand that. Go Bucs! Win back the Community.
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    Before you point the finger too hard at Rah and Gruden, you had better look higher up first. The Bucs were headed towards cap problems before Gruden come in here. When McKay left, they brought in a "cap specialist"...Bruce Allen, that wasn't really a personnel guy, but a contract/cap specialist lawyer. Low and behold, Allen had lousy drafts, following the "I'll stick you" last draft of Richie, as he really wasn't a personnel guy. Then when he straightened the cap out, which also involved letting some guys go we really didn't want to, he was promised that he could bring in a "rock star FA" among other contracts. I believe the Glazers wouldn't let him do it any more than they let Dominik. Gruden did better than expected with the quality of the guys brought in through FA and the draft, but after Monte left midseason throwing things on the "D" side up in the air and the team missing the playoffs, Gruden was fired. Dom was promoted as an "inexpensive" GM and Rah was saddled with a couple of loser coordinators. Still no money was spent on talented FA...Dom and the boys came up with the "build through the draft" mantra. Of course that still left us to "bargain basement/ practice squad dive", and added to average drafting left Rah in the wind. He was over his head, but was left to swim with his hands tied behind his back. Now we are talking about bringing in another 4-12 coach that took GB from a playoff talented team to the current level of the Bucs. On a professional level I guess you could say Sherman would be a lateral record transfer...but he DID NOT build the Packers into what they became...TT and MM did that. Just wanted to get the record straight. And if I'm wrong, I'd be happy to have SR straighten me out as to my error.
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    "We are going to spend whatever it takes to win, to put the best team on the field," Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer said after Morris was fired. Dom should be gone too..We kept Dom and we will keep our losing ways~he needs to go as does hickey..Sherman has a mediocre draft history and was a loser in his last 2 jobs as a head coach ~~seems like the perfect choice for the go nowhere Bucs..Is sherman the choice because he has the same agent as Dom? is dom pushing Sherman on the glazers in hopes of giving himself some more breathing room in a job he is not fit for ? This situation is really starting to get under my skin~this team has made mistake after mistake for too many years..It looks like this team will always be a losing team~until they piss off the fan base and move them to Los Angeles..LA is full of fickle fans and transplants~but they dont like losers..If the Glazers believe there is more money to be made in LA,their heads will be the first to roll if they try to bring this cheap *censored* BS running of a team to a big market..F the Glazers~rich kids who are given the keys to daddy's cars often crash them into trees..If you aint apart of building the wealth,you have no respect for it..The Glazers have had everything handed to them in life,thats why there is no blue collar urgency to get this fixed the right way..Wish the league could force them to sell the team to someone who actually cares about football,they clearly dont..
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    Im almost worried the Bucs will interview the recently fired Raheem Morris for the HC job..WHAT THE F*** IS UP WITH THIS TEAM AND ITS OWNERSHIP ?!
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    Everyone has such a hate for Sherman, and such a hard-on for Fisher. Do you know Fisher is .564 in the regular season, and 5-6 postseason? Doesnt sound like such a hot shot now huh?
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    And remember folks ~Sherman went 4-12 in his last season in the NFL..
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    Mike Mularkey is interviewing for Dolphins HC job ~~~~Why arent the bucs mentioned ? Probably have made up their mind already(sherman)..They Glazers were so serious about making the right choice so they interviewed 2 guys ?? Are they allowing Hickey to pick the coach ? We all know how great an evaluator of talent he is...If Shermans the choice,and he cant get a decent OC and DC behind him~~this boat is sunk already...Wish the glazers would sell the team to someone who gives a s*** about football and the fans of the sport..Go to england and chase around your dads soccer team...
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    nfl.com reporting that sherman will likely be named bucs new coach this coming week..Whats happenin PR ~you guys used to be on the pulse of things...Rumors or not,you guys need to get in the game..
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    cremdonado, it's way to early to think that everything is a done deal. Okay lets pretend that Mike Sherman is the pick. Anybody is better than Morris. So let him clean up this mess for a couple years and we'll get the coach we actually would like to have down the road. I think it is best right now to hire someone that will just right the ship and steady the ship, then we'll worry about it sailing again. These next two years is not just rebuilding, but also teaching the players how to do a lot of the basics over and over. We need an educator right now, not another creative mind. First we take baby steps. i know that many of you will disagree with me, but we really have to build a real foundation first before the high rise is built.
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    Here it is January 8th and there's nothing NEW going on with the BUCS? Looks like Pewter Report has decided to start going with Bankers hours. You all are sooooooo far behind everyone else with the timeliness of your information!
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    johnnybuc1, oh so you are looking for gosiph? Okay here's one, rumor has it that the Owners have a deal to hire Bill Cowher for10 mil a year and Washingto has agreed to trade their No.1 pick for Freeman and the Colts have agreed to trade down to our spot for McCoy; also Myron Lewis just agreed to a new guaranteed contract for 5 mil a year for three years with the final years being an extra 3 mil if he starts. Wow! That's some great insider information you now have. I heard it form someone sitting next to our table at dinner who is hard of hearing from someone who is also hard of hearing that lives in India who heard it from a friend who knew someone from china who heard the conversation from a radio station in Bali but didn't really understand their language.
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    Anybody hear the Billick interview on the radio yesturday? Seems to be a big thing. I missed it.
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    bucbelever... For what it's worth( I don't know if you are local or not) both FOX 13 and ABC 28 did an interview with both Coaches Edwards and Mariucci. Both were in Orlando then Tropicana Field coaching the UnderArmor -All Star Game. I am sure they could have been interviewed for information by PR also but must have been to far to travel.Or they figure neither is considered. Coach Mariucci did not say he would not take the job but did not say he was interested either. I don't remember every word but he said it is hard to get broadcasters out of the Booth because they Now have a life and also don't have to Live In A Fish Bowl, But the Saints and Falcons are at the top. The Panthers are on the rise so the Bucs Better get a coach who will turn this team arournd Sooner Than Later. He also said the new coach must bring Discipline. As I have posted before Coach Edwards said he is very happy where he is now.
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    Anyone else notice that no other teams are interviewing hack Mike Sherman?? Anyone else think good old Steve Mariucci might be worth a look, with Jack Del Rio as Defensive Coordinator? Hmm...
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    I liked Steve Mariucci back in the day, but he's been out of the game for so long. Think he still has it to run a team? I like Del Rio at DC tho. I'd support that if I had a say. Haha
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    U know Bucs R probably waiting for Bengals' Zimmer to be interviewed, but if his defense can't keep Houston from scoring 31 points like they have, he is unfit for any role of trying to stop offenses in the NFC South! Glazers didn't like Fisher cuz he--I think--reminded them greatly of a confident, tenured, authoritative, outspoken leader just like they're buddy Gruden. And the reason they're both that way....is cuz they know the game. Non-football people like Glazers have no business intervening in football decisions, owners or not.
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    Since the Glazers bought this team every coaching move has been one of surprise. It was never the guy we thought it was going to be. So that gives me hope all the retreads mentioned here like Sherman, Edwards, Mularkey, Bossacia, etc are not the people we actually bring in to turn this ship around. We need a dual headed monster that covers both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Morningwhig at HC and OC with Del Rio or Spagnulo at DC and Assistant Head Coach sounds ideal for me. Otherwise Zimmer at HC and DC and some hot shot OC as Assistant could work. If we go experienced coordinator at head coach we should bring in another top level coordinator to assist head coach and other side of the ball. It's the only way to get experience and discipline into the squad immediately.
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    I like Mornhinweg too. Seems like a QB guru to me.
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    I actually really like the idea of Russ Grimm. If he will agree to run a 4-3 defense, I think bringing a little Steelers mentality into the Bucs locker room would be a plus. He was suppose to be in the mix for Cowher's replacement. Why not throw him an interview and see what he has to say? GB offensive coordinator too...Clement? Call him up. I've said it before...they're obviously doing something very right in that organization. Bring that mind set to Tampa!!
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    Don't we need to hire a coach before the Senior Bowl or Shriners Bowl so they can check out what's coming out worth drafting? I hope the GLAZERS aren't that STUPID not to give the new HC a good start to the off season. I say it again, WHY IN THE WORLD would the BUCS want to hire a coach that was only 18 games over .500 with a Future Hall of Fame Quarter and a a lot of playmakers. He was .500 in the BIG 12!! This has to be a bluff by the GLAZERS. I still don't understand WHY the GLAZERS don't at least check out Former Bucs Special Teams coach Rich Bisaccia. Everyone should read this coach Bio, very impressive. Plus our former BUCS Stars Lynch, Brooks, Sapp have spoke extremely highly of Rich. I think we'll regret not giving him at least an interview. I know he can put a great staff of coaches that are teachers to help some of these young players we have in this roster. C' MON ! MAN!! don't make me cancel my season tickets by hiring Sherman!!
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    I think he's talking about the volume of information. I can get a lot more info from a site like JoeBucsFan than I can here simply because there is so much more posted daily. Still, I enjoy coming here and reading what they have posted too. Both sites have merit.
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    AC Service, I am with Horse, this is the best Buccanner site. They are usually accurate with their stories and predictions, if don't like PR, perhaps you should not read the site....just saying....Go Bucs and PR.
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    AC Service, I don't understand your point at all? What insider information has ever been gotten from the Buccaneers but gossip stories. They don't ever tell anybody anything unless they want too. That's no different than any other NFL Team. I myself like to read information that has been well thought out and examples given as to why that particular position.
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    Mark WTF is up with the time on this cheap A$$ website?
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    AC Service, what kind of a person says that? What is your real agenda on this Web Site? I know it's not about the Bucs!
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    AC Service, I don't understand what you just asked Pewter Report . What does time have to do with web site. Are you referring to a time line when the Bucs will find a new head coach? Please explain
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    LoL. My agenda is just to get more of a inside scoop. Just breaking balls. Getting them to work a lil harder. No worries. Im on this webste at least 10 times a day for the last Ten years. This is not my first subscription. The last user name was Gregc97. Im not a radical, lol. Im a pewter report Fan. The time is when we make comments the time is wrong.
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    AC Service, good to hear that.
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    No surpises here. Especially with Fisher not wanting to coach here.
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    Herm Edwards? We're trying to get rid of the jive not add to it. I counted 7 Champkind.
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    I am 100 percent behind Mike Zimmer. I also like Russ Grimm, Jerry Gray, Rob Chudzinski. I like the idea of first time head coaches, but with the proper experience. Former OC or DC with a consistent record, and hopefully a no-nonsense approach. And a solid plan of action of course. I don't want to hear Marty Schottenheimer, Herman Edwards, Mike Sherman. I want fresh and new ideas. I would rather go 4-12 for a year with a new coach, than 7-9 or 8-8 for 5 or 6 years with one of these guys.
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    I agree with pretty much all of the above....I'm actually glad fisher is out of the running, he's a stand up guy but overrated based on his coaching record in Tennessee. 6 seasons over .500 in 17 years doesn't raise much hope of a perennial winner for a fan base
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    Two obvious PI articals the the whole website. Weres the insider info. Pewterrepot use to be on point with all the good stuff now its a bunch of nothing... Your welcome for the 10.00
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    could you have POSSIBLY fit more spelling errors into that many words?
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    Thanks scholar! I did'nt take the time to edit! My bad for infecting your educated eyes. Out of frustration I DONT GIVE A %#$K!
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    AC Service, I don't understand your point at all? What insider information has ever been gotten from the Buccaneers but gossip stories. They don't ever tell anybody anything unless they want too. That's no different than any other NFL Team. I myself like to read information that has been well thought out and examples given as to why that particular position.
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    I like this Zimmer idea. I think, and hope, Mike Sherman is getting the interview because he shares an agent with Domminik. BTW, is Sherman crying in the photo?
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    no sherman,shula,or mularkey.please call marty shoteinhiemer, billick,zimmer, clement, or phyblin and interview them sherman, shula, and mularkey are jokes and the players in the league know this
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    I heard someone on the radio bring up Marty Schottenheimer - at first I was like No! but then after thinking about what's out there...I decided to look up his resume. He's got a nice resume. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marty_Schottenheimer
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    I heard sherman is a big discipline guy thats a good start.Call a couple more like Billick, Cowher,Edwards.Why didn't the bucs interview fisher yet?Thats what i'd like to know .
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    Im doing my own hiring. Zimmer HC, Singeltary DC, Marrinelli DL, Time to whip these pretty boys into shape and build a defense to pressure and hit the hell out of Brees, Ryan,and Newton
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    What about Cowher?? What about Billick?? Why are we all focused on Sherman, is it because no other team is?? This is just another "doing it on the CHEAP" ploy by ownership. I bet Jeff Fisher called the Glazers and asked for top dollar plus the position of GM and was told to "No Way" The Glazers may profess to "spend whatever it takes to field a winner" but until I see action, I don't believe a word coming from ONE BUC PALACE Season tickets are expensive and we need a serious commitment from ownership, not LIP SERVICE. I do not trust these owners and until things change, BUC Fans can always smell a RAT.The slashing of season ticket prices just prooves that the Glazers are not committed to vetern free agents. Remember "The Plan is Working"?? Good luck with retread Coaches and unprooven Rookies.
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    Latest news I heard.( FOX 13) Cross Fisher off. He is not interested in the Bucs job. He will decide between Dolphins and Rams next week. Edwards was interviewed 2 days ago by local FOX in Orlando and said he is happy where he is now. He also said Morris let it get away from him a little and it snowballed on him.
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    Here's a name everyone will slam me for,Mike Shula. He's been in the NFL his whole life,he's been a head coach at Alabama. Shula also coaches in the NFC south, and has done a good job with Newton as Q.B. coach with Carolina. If you noticed this year it was him not Chudzinski that sat with Cam after every series this year. I'm not saying that's who I want, just saying. Let the slings, and arrows start firing.
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    I've been accused of being a sunshine pumper, and I normally don't say anything negative, but if they hired Shula I'd be very, very, very disappointed. But...I am an Auburn fan, so I'm obviously very biased. Personally, I like the idea of getting Zimmer, after he flamed Petrino for leaving ATL, I think he could whip these guys into shape. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/10/20/mike-zimmer-on-bobby-petrino-hes-a-gutless-bastard/ - Cheers
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    Seemed like a quick start, but it's been awfully quiet since the first day or two.
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    Pewter Report is no longer the place to get info as it's happening... Disappointing. Try JoeBucsFan.com ... Of course, that site is down now because Joe can't handle the capacity.
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    Personally I don't know who would be the best coach and am not sure if it matters other than having good organization skills, some discipline and some game management ability, but the HC that can recruit/bring aboard the best OC and DC especially, along with the other supporting staff is the one I want.
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    old news
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