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January 24, 2012 @ 8:57 am
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Mike Sherman To Get Second Interview This Week

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Former Packers and Aggies head coach Mike Sherman will be the first of the second round interviews to take place this week according to reports. Tampa Bay's process reverted back to Plan B after Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly had a last minute change of heart early Monday morning.
After making a strong run at Oregon coach Chip Kelly and nearly finalizing a deal to make him the ninth coach in franchise history, the Buccaneers woke up to Tuesday to the reality of having to start over nearly from square one. Reports have the Buccaneers beginning with a round of second interviews starting with their very first candidate, former Packers and Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman.

Sherman, 57, was 57-39 as head coach in Green Bay including winning three straight NFC North division titles in six seasons. Sherman was fired following a 4-12 season in 2005. Sherman joined the Houston Texans as an assistant coach the following year, then took over as head coach at Texas A&M in 2008 compiling a mediocre 25-25 record in his four seasons.

Sources have reported the Sherman is being considered for the offensive coordinator position in Miami, after former Packer Joe Philbin was hired last Friday to lead the Dolphins.

The Buccaneers have also previously interviewed, Brad Childress, Jerry Gray, Marty Schottenheimer, Mike Zimmer, Rob Chudzinski and Tom Clements and likely some of those names will also be brought back for for additional interviews. The Buccaneers may also have interest in speaking to Giants assistants Perry Fewell and Kevin Gilbride.

Many Buccaneers fans went to bed Sunday night assuming Kelly would be Tampa Bay's new coach but found first thing Monday morning that Kelly had a change of heart and decided to stay in Oregon. Kelly issued this statement later that day.

“I am flattered by the interest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ organization,” Kelly said. “I enjoyed meeting with the Glazer family and General Manager Mark Dominik but after numerous discussions, I concluded that I have some unfinished business to complete at the University of Oregon.”



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    Trestman has been helpful with inproving young QBs and their mechanics,maybe there is some truth to this..Im wondering how many of the potential coaches were hoping to replace Freeman ?
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    Marc Trestman is now in the loop for HC according to Kevin @ Fox 13 sports.
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    So since we can't get a college coach to give up his gig to come manage for the Glazzer boys we are looking towards the CFL for the next great coach... Sheeeesh. Hire Marty already. And for you Mike Sherman lovers, he's been out of the NFL since 2005. The "out of touch" Marty... since Feb 2007. Mike Sherman's resume is a joke as well as his contacts when compared to Marty. Sherman's claim to fame is having the same agent as Dom and riding Favre's coattail for a few seasons before his act wore thin. Green Bay got BETTER when he left. Can ANY TEAM that Marty left say the same...
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    Well fans I think if Mike Sherman is there choice! Then don't get mad, They try to get Chip Kelly and he went back to Oregon. Lets say Sherman is the head coach, And let say that Coach Childress would be the offensive Coordinator and Marty would take over the Defensive side of the Ball. Then that would be one of a great Trio. I say why not. Lets see what Tampa will do finally.GO BUCS
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    Sherman is not the answer.
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    I didn't say Sherman was the answer. I personally think they need to find a GM AND A COACH. Here's why. They Let Ruud go. Quincy Black gets a big fat raise. Lumpkin instead of Cadillac? Really? Throw an untested, un-coached rookie at MLB! Give a suspended player a contract extension before he proves he is worth the risk. If I was a veteran on that team I would be pissed. And if I was on another team, i wouldn't come here unless they overpay me with guaranteed money. Some people would play for Belichick for free. Just ask Randy Moss, Chad Johnson! THEY NEED TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT MAKES PEOPLE WANT TO COME HERE!!! OUT WITH THE YOUNG SUITS, AND GET SOME GRITTY FOOTBALL PEOPLE IN HERE!!!
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    Who has more balls? A: Warren Sapp B: Mike Sherman Think about it.
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    I'm sure there is a good reason, but why isn't the head coach for Boise St being considered? If Chris Petersen can turn that place into a football power (73-6 the last 6 years) wouldn't the Bucs at least want to interview him?
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    Well I wish they would hire Marty S. thats just someone I believe that would make a differnce. But either way Ill still be at everygame loud as hell even if were losin. Ive done it before and Ill do it again.
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    To put it as simple as possible ~the Glazers lack a football heart. They love business,money and profit but football isnt on that list~its not a passion they share. This is the base of all the problem.Check EVERY other team in this league and I would go as far as to say the Bucs ownership are the ONLY ones in the league without a football heart beating in their chest. Thats why there is never a line of top quality talent lining up to play or coach here,and with the owners we have~ THEY NEVER WILL..No other team has the history of suck quite the same way the Bucs do and there appears to be no end in sight.. The Glazers did nothing more than pound their chests with the firing of the coaching staff~if they had football in their veins ~ EVERYONE would have hit the bricks..This franchise is steeped in failure and bumbling~burning it all to the ground is the only way to rebuild and to attempt to shake the stink of this team that is smelled league wide.. Malcolm loved money and soccer enough to fake his love for football~hell he sold this teams soul to Al Davis and Chucky and drove a stake through the heart of Dungy.. Since Dungy's departure ~ This team has had no football heart..We won a Super Bowl with his team and thats about all we have to show for a franchise thats been around since 1976.. We need a coach or a presence at One Buc that will restore a heart to this franchise,to make this business a team again.. Maybe the only way to save this franchise is to put it back into the hands of ownership who truly care about football and not just their bottom line..
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    cremdonado, based on what you said does that mean that the teams who have not won a super bowl owners are even more heartless? I believe that our time will come again even with the Glazer's. Just looking in the present and not the past and future; I don't see anything wrong Dominik or the Glaze'rs have done in trying to find a coach.
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    When I think of Sherman as the possible new head coach of the Bucs, something just doesn't seem right. It sounds like most of the fans on board with Sherman seem to be convincing themselves it's a good choice. When news surfaced of his initial interview, most fans, myself included, didn't like the idea. Fast forward a few weeks later and I still don't like the idea. The fact that Sherman is getting a second interview at a critical time in the offseason leads me to believe he is a very viable candidate. Otherwise, the Glazers are wasting this valuable time by not interviewing guys at the top of their list so they can make a choice and let the new head coach fill his staff. The time for smokescreens is over.
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    After watching this coach search it's hard to believe this is a professional sports organization. It's like someone lost on the road, go left, no go right, no go straight, oh well go the way you want. How do you expect the coach to be competent when your owners and GM are not! After having season tickets for twenty years, it's hard to believe that I backed this organization( If you call it an organization). This is one sucker that will not renew his tickets.
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    This guy is a loser. I cant believe ppl are posting this guy is a good coach when his winning years were with GB having Brett Favre as a QB. Lets see how he does with Freeman. I think this hiring with cost Dominik his job and may in fact cause fans to not go to games even more. Does anyone think "wow" when they hear the name Sherman? No!!!!! Looking forward to another couple years in the blackhole of football losers!!!!!
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    I love the Bucs but their fans just SUCK!!!!!
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    Dreem On.... After these guys crush your dreams and wildly exceed the bounds of common sense a few dozen times, you may see it somewhat differently. Do you remember the 80's, 90's, etc.? To rise from the depths to the top of the mountain was an experience for us to remember for the rest of our lives. But then to return to the depths and watch these guys play musical chairs has to effect you. If you really care and aren't a bandwaggoner, that is.
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    A fired college coach is not what the Bucs need to excite their fan base and get this team turned around.
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    Go Bucs!!!
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    Mark Cook, why has there been no word on interviewing Billick? Is this guy blacklisted? Do you know why or why not on him as a coach?
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    Sherman is a good coach and he is a disciplinarian. That is what this team needs. They are young, brash and don't know how to handle success. They need a steady hand to guide them. Sherman won 3 NFC North titles in his 6 years in Green Bay. His last season was a 4-12 season that cost him his job, just like it did to Raheem this past season. In the NFL, the name of the game is WIN!!!! We could do a lot worse than Sherman. In fact, in the past we have done worse !!!
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    Sherman was cut by TT before the Packers went into a rebuilding mode. He is unproven with a young team. He could not control a "superstar". So where do you guys get that he would be good with a young team?
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    It bothers me that so much time has gone by without a head coach, all of the good coordinators and other staff will be gone. It gets worse with each passing day. I wouldn't be surprised if this was the Glazers strategy from the beginning.
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    I am not even going to speculate, because it doesn't matter. The team is now in double secret rebuilding mode with holes literally everywhere and only the remotest hope of a miracle that would make them a competitive team next year. It is just too big a job for one off season, even if the owners were on board with their checkbooks open (and they are not). Don't you think if the word was out on the street that they were seriously ready to spend big bucks to fix the team, that there would be more (any) interest from better coaches? I can just imagine the (sic) interview, "We are going to stay the course this year and build through the draft and when the team is more competitive we will spend to fill in the holes." "Oh no, don't consider yourself only a caretaker of the team just holding things together for one year while we rake in the money." "Even if you have a bad season, we promise we won't fire you." " In fact we are going to give you a 6 year, I mean 2 year contract to prove that we mean what we say." "No we aren't hiring you just to fill the spot until we can lure in a better coach."
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    To add another comment on why DOM wasn't and shouldn't be fired......the Glazers needed a "football person" to navigate them through this process. He has been here for 14+ years. At this point he is their "boy" and they are gonna stick with him until they sell the team or until the next coach fails miserably and they have no choice because at that point the fan base will call for his head. IMO
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    I think the guy selling beer has been here 14 plus years so he should be able to make personnel decisions. Or better still, Ronde as he has been here about 14 years. Dominick has NOT been a GM for 14 years and has yet to draft one Pro Bowl player. Three I believe. And he has hired one HC....Raheem. If that means success, you are willing to settle for very little. You might be right about selling the team. And maybe that would be the best thing for all of us.
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    From the beginning of hearing Sherman's name I was dead set against it and now after thinking about it I am starting to rethink. It is no doubt that is a good NFL coach. I don't care what anyone says if you win in this league more than you lose, you are doing something right. Wins don't just happen in the NFL, you have to to take that W away from the opposing team. Yes, he is a good offensive mind. Yes, I think he could bring in some good asst. coaches. Even a HOF QB can't win games single handedly and Sherman was calling the plays. I hated having to play against that team even though we weren't playing them as much as we used to. Sure I'd rather have Billick or Marty, unsure of Zimmer, but at this point I would be good with this hire and hope that the Glazerbaums stick to their word and back this coach and team with the money it needs and deserves. The wildcard in all of this is the question of whether the team is gonna be sold in a year or so like reports have stated. Let's remember though they have been saying that almost every year for the last 8-10 years. I wouldn't doubt if it did happen and I would like it if it did.
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    Hey Guys, some of us are not listening or at least not wanting to hear what is being said. There is indisputable evidence that none of the guys left was the first choice. There is indisputable evidence that it is a myth that they will only hire an older, experienced, strict disciplinarian, former NFL coach. If they pulled the trigger on Kelly, they are just as likely to pull the trigger on a Mike Gundy or another prominent college HC. There is also reasonable evidence that they are not trying to take the cheap way out. It has been confirmed that they offered Kelly 6mil. If they wanted Marty Schottenheimer or another interviewee it would be done already. Chip kelly didn’t get a second interview, he got an offer! I don't profess to know who they will hire, but whoever it is, I'm going to support him and the next one after him, because there will be more - just seems to be the Buccaneer way! And as for the Glazers surfing PR or other Buc websites to gauge consensus of opinion or that they would yield to it in their descision-making, google multi-billionaire and see if that is a typical character trait. I’m not trying to change your opinion or your choice for HC, but at least accept the facts that are on the table so far!
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    There are no dynamic coaches out there this year. Sherman or Zimmer will be fine with me because the first step for this team is bringing in proven leadership by the coaching staff. Sherman will not make us worse and will be an improvement. Zimmer will not make us worse and could pull it all together, but there is that risk of the unknown as a head coach. Look I don't agree with the Glazer's greed, but it is what it is. It's not going to change and that is why Joel Glazer smiles all the time when he talks because he knows he is screwing the community as he makes more money than he would ever know what to do with. With that said: "It don't mean nothin".
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    There is no magic coaching bullet(or hire) that will fix this team,this teams problems are much deeper. The problem is the ownership and what they want from this team.They seem to be fairly happy with fielding one of the least respected teams in the entire league. This team isnt viewed as a winner,but a franchise steeped in failure and bumbling. There is no line of quality NFL talent (player or coach) beating down the doors to play here~and there wont be until something seriously changes. Im not sure the Glazers are the ownership for the job,or if Tampa is the marketplace where it can happen. The belief that a coach can just come in and fix the problem is a pipe dream,the hire is already set to fail. If the Glazers were serious about changing this team and its league wide perception,they would have cleaned house ~Dom and Hickey included. Everyone should have gone,burn it all to the ground and let a phoenix rise from the ashes...But they kept pieces of the problem in place... Are we getting the best guy for the job,or a guy who is willing to do things Doms way ?
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    I felt from the beginning that the demand to maintain the current philosophy and structure would be a "non starter" for most of the best candidates out there. I have seen nothing to make me think otherwise. And why would a millionaire successful coach risk their reputation and coaching future to step into this mess without full control? Cremdonato, I wanted the entire bunch out, with the Glazers adopting a new spending philosophy. Hire the best GM you can, with money being no object, and let HIM help hire the new coach....based upon his knowledge and track record and the coaches. The Glazers know little about football....the jury is still out on Dom., and I said why take the chance on his "hoped for but uproven skills". Cremdonato, you might very well be right.... that the right coach selection may not make a big difference. This isn't like the college game where the best players on the opposition with graduate or go onward to the NFL, and you can offset a lack of talent with great recruiting. But we can hope you are wrong and make other plans for Sundays just in case.
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    Too many people think that they know if a guy will work out or not. Truth is, you dont know your *censored* from a hole in the ground! Raheem was up for coach of the year two seasons ago. Did you see that in your wise brain? Then a flop of a season after it? Did you see that in your brain? We arent in those meetings, we dont know what the hell is going to happen. The Glazers won a super bowl, lets just hope they can find that nitch, take the chances, and do it again. Go Bucs! Ill support who ever they get!
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    Amazing the difference between father and sons. He got jilted and made a major bold move to get a proven coach that helped us win the SB. The boys are whimpering around and picking through the discard bin to ensure they can hire a "yes man" and keep their payroll low. And they expect the fans to buy into it. And who are we to judge otherwise? Simply the fans that helped build this stadium and have done enough so far to keep this franchise profitable for the owners over what have been about 40 years....only about 10 of those being years where the product on the field was worthy of our support. Of course, I guess, we are all "free agents" and can chose to support this team or go with another, as players can. But I think we fans hoped for more. Of course that "socialist" team in Green Bay, where the town and local fans own the team must be worse. Public ownership must always be worse, or so we are to believe when it suits their purposes.
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    Sherman is not the answer.
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    Who cares what a guy has done in the past. The Bucs are searching for the best coach for this team going forward. If that happens to be Sherman, then wonderful. Who are we to judge otherwise? To say someone is not a quality coach because he had a future HOF QB is rather short-sighted. By that measure, Don Shula's resume would not add up either...
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    Senior Bowl has now begun. A place where a new staff could have been assembled. This road seems well traveled down. A ham-fisted approach leads to arriving late to the party without even a bag of Chip(s). Not only does this new direction feel a lot like the old direction--its not very reassuring. I feel like I'm being tested. After the 10 straight beat downs followed by what appears to be a bungled coaching search, it is hard to be patient.
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    I don't get the level of animosity regarding Sherman. Yes he had a pro Bowl Quarterback but check the stats. He had a better winning percentage at Green Bay than Mike Holmgren who also has Farve. Holmgren hired Sherman to be his offensive coordinator at Seattle when he left Green Bay. If he doesn't get the Bucs job, he undoubtedly will be hired as OC at Miami or Indianapolis. The guy has produced good offenses everywhere he's been. So much has been made about his being fired at Green Bay and the fact he had Farve. But the season that did him in, 2005, was one in which Farve had a QB rating of 70.9 and threw 29 interceptions. So you think Freeman was bad this year? If you're going to say that was because of poor coaching, then you're going to have say some of Farve's success in the previous five years was due to good coaching. The fact is that Green Bay was devastated with injuries in 2005. They lost Javon Walker in the first game of the season andhhe was out the rest of the year; and they also lost Robert Ferguson. They lost both of their starting running backs, Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport and they simply didn't have any weapons and Farve as he did on several occasions throughout his career tried to do too much. Sherman's offenses have been outstanding everywhere he's gone and he has a stellar reputation as an offensive line guru and offensive mind around the league. To be candid, I don't know how much the Texas A&M stint has to do with anything. The whole aura around A&M this year sucked due to the shifting sands of realignment. Three of his losses were to top ten teams. Don Shula had Marino and never won a super bowl with him. I'm not advocating for the guy and still think Marty may be the better choice, but I do think Sherman is a solid football coach who can succeed in Tampa Bay. I think he has a lot better pedigree than the guys coaching in Atlanta and Charlotte for example and I'd rather have him than any of the assistants we've interviewed.
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    The only reason Sherman is getting all this thought from the Bucs is because him abs Mark share the same agent. That was the first thibg mentioned after morris was fired. Mark D needs to go if he hires Sherman plan and simple. Zimmer and Marty are the only ones left that should be consider.
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    I hope Sherman bails on the bucs,just like Kelly did. Sherman dam sure isn't the answer for head coach & the glazers are not the answer at owning this team. They have no idea how much they have screwed up this ball club and how much the fans hate them. Oh well. Will not be renewing tickets this season,much less watching on T.V. Go Giants!!
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    The Sherman hire will be the death knell for Dominick. Hire him and stop allowing children to run the team.
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    Bucs fans. If we hire Shermy, be glad we have a great MLB team and Hockey. Many cities don't, even those with great football organizations. We are again the Yucks..and will be for sometime...it is only football..and with the job and housing market being as it is, we don't need the stress of taking it with any degree of seriousness. We have beautiful beaches....Sundays can be beautiful... enjoy....just turn the channel when sports comes on and don't watch ESPN.
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    Cash- I don't know about Sherman man, His record is good in the Pros however he also had a hall of fame quarterback running his offense. He did not develop him into that Quarterback. Would his record have been the same with a different QB at the helm? that is hard to answer. I would much rather go with a guy like Marty Schottenhiemer because he has won with sub par QB play and has won every where he has gone.
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    I don't know why people are not excited about Mike Sherman, he is a good coach. His big mistake was coaching in college. College football is all about recuriting not coaching. He is a offensive minded coach and would be the perfect person to develop Freeman.
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    Shermy had a team that should have been in the SB one or two times more, and couldn't get it done. He couldn't control Favre. He was a poor bench coach, and made no in game adjustments. He wasn't trusted by TT to coach the team during a rebuild. Looking at his win/loss record is...quite frankly...stupid. I'll give you a comparable example. Barry Switzer was a better coach in Dallas, with a better college record, who won a SB with a SB ready team. Shermy couldn't do that. Under the "w/L theory" which is the only thing some of you understand, I'd rather have Switzer. Guys, if you have a great team, the record isn't indicative of the coaching talent. Gruden was a much better coach before he was fired considering the quality of talent he had. So stop with the "sherman was a winner" nonsense.
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    Buc fans, you had better be glad that Kelly is not coming here. He is a college coach, period. His system would not work in the NFL now and never work with this team. Now matter how the news media has presented this as if the the sky has fallen on the Buccaneers it for sure the best thing that Chip Kelly is not the Buc head coach. There are plenty of good coaches to choose from, even now. Not sure about Sherman, however!,
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