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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