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February 16, 2012 @ 11:59 am
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Report: Bucs Talking With Sheridan, Stoutland

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The website coachingsearch.com is reporting that Tampa Bay is interviewing Bill Sheridan for the defensive coordinator position and is talking with Alabama's OL coach Jeff Stoutland about the same position on the Buccaneers.
According to the website coachingsearch.com, the Buccaneers are interviewing Ohio State defensive assistant coach Bill Sheridan on Thursday for Tampa Bay's defensive coordinator and Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano has spoken with Alabama offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland about the team's vacant offensive line coaching position. PewterReport.com cannot confirm this report.

Sheridan was recently hired at Ohio State by new head coach Urban Meyer to serve as the team's defensive backs coach.

“Bill Sheridan is a perfect fit for our program,” Meyer said. “His experiences in the NFL are huge. He has Midwest roots and, most importantly, he wants to be an Ohio State Buckeye. I am really impressed with him and I think he is going to be a terrific addition to our defensive staff as a coach, teacher and as a recruiter.”

Sheridan discussed joining the Buckeyes team in 2012.

“I have a refreshed perspective coming back from the NFL and getting into college coaching again,” Sheridan said. “I am really interested to study the offenses people are running in the Big Ten. The running quarterbacks are distinctly different than what you see in the NFL. It is stimulating if you enjoy the schematic part of the game, and I do.”

Sheridan has just one year of experience as a defensive coordinator for the New York Giants in 2009, but was fired after the season as the Giants lost eight of the last 11 games, and surrendered 40 points or more a franchise-record five times in one year. He was promoted from the position of linebackers coach where he served in New York from 2005-08. Sheridan left New York to serve as the Miami Dolphins' linebackers coach from 2010-11.

He also nearly has 20 years of college experience at Maine, Cincinnati, Army, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Michigan.

Should Sheridan leap to the NFL, it wouldn't be the first time a Bucs coach has taken position for a college football team, only to leave for the Bucs shortly thereafter. Tampa Bay wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck, who coached at Rutgers with Schiano, joined the staff at Northern Illinois for one day before leaving for the Bucs.

Stoutland spent last year coaching the national champion Crimson Tide offensive line after spending the previous four years serving as the offensive line coach for the Miami Hurricanes. He also coached the offensive line at Michigan State (2000-06), Syracuse (1997-99) and Cornell (1993-96).

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    I say if Tampa can get the coaches I say great. It will be one step closer to getting the entire staff picked.GO BUCS IN 2012.
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    I am confused. Why are Buc fans so hyped up about all these college coaches? If you look at the track record of college coaches moving to the NFL, it is pitifully bad. I just don't get it at all. Is there something going on in the water in the Tampa/St. Pete area? The successful coaches in the league come from long lines of coaching in the NFL. Including the two Super Bowl coaches who come from the Bill Parcells' Tree. Dungy came from the Dennis Green/Chuck Noll tree. Gruden from the Walsh/Holmgren tree. Just puzzling how optimistic Tampa fans are. I am not impressed.
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    Its not like there have been any college coaches who recently made the jump to the NFL and been successful. No college coaches can make that jump and be winnning coaches. Ther is no way they can get thier team to a confrence championship within a few years. That is impossible. (Harbaughs)
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    There is no exact science to picking the next great coach. Bc for every Gruden story there is a Jimmy Johnson who was very successful from college. Most coaches in the NFL have some experience in college at one point or another anyway so what exactly is your point? We are excited bc we had a coach that seemingly will address what this team lacked last year which is discipline. We have a few holes on the team but talent wise we have a much better team than our 4-12 would indicate. Hopefully with a more clear direction and competant coaches we can start to reach the potential that this team posses. You arent a Bucs fan so you obviously have no idea about what our team needs. Does that sum it up?
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    hey Joe Sheridan was miamis lb coach for the last 2 yrs and the giants dc before that (not a college coach till this year) . And most NFL coaching hires fail whether they came from College or another nfl team there is a 25% turnover every year and only like 5% of the hires are from the college ranks, dont be swayed by the hype only time will tell if Schiano is gonna work but he doesnt have any worse of a chance because he coached at Rutgers last year
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    I'm not sure on Sheridan either way, but, I think I would really enjoy having Stoutland as our O-line coach. He seems to be a really good o-line coach and I think he could really help us. I have never been thrilled with most of our lineman, especially Trueblood, but I have herd comments from NFL people both ways, That they are solid, and not so good. Lets go Bucs, though, and get this whole process done so we can concentrate on the combine and draft.
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    Stoutland would be a super hire for our offensive line if he will come. As for Defensive Coordinator, I don't think you will find a top DC coming to the Bucs when they can see the handwriting on the wall. Just as soon as Davis gets paid the rest of his contract from N.C., the Bucs will have an outstanding DC in Davis and he will be able to work great with his good friend, Shiano. Until then they need someone to just hold that job for Davis and whoever it is he is going to be just following orders from above. So I am Ok with Sheridan to fill that position until Davis can take it over. And if he is too lousy, he can be fired, and Shiano can run it himself with no problem. I doubt the Glazers would have to pay too much for Sheridan either. Save those dollars for the free agents! With Veteran Defensive players to be defensive leaders to our young defensive talent on the field we will basically need defensive minds on the sidelines to make adjustments. Shiano and Davis can easily do that and tell Sheridan what they want called.
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    As for sheridan blah at best he'd be a puppet for schiano/Davis. Stoutland has coached some great lines so his hire would be exciting. PR: what will the training (strength conditioning ) staff implement that is different from last years way? I'm tired of seeing teams roll up ripped and vascular while the bucs look either too small Or too fat. Don't tell me its the uniforms (what someone actually said:))
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    No thanks to Sheridan. His Giants defense had way more talent than ours last year and those are Raheem Morris numbers on his resume.
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    Wasn't this the guy who decided NOT to play Osi Umenyora for some unknown reason while the Giants were giving up 40 points per game?
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    yes dptodd, this is the SAME GUY, the same guy who had Umenyora calling him out for his horrible play calling, non existent half time adjustments, and *censored*-oppisite scheme from the successful scheme that Spags left in place for him among other things...to be fair, yes the Giants defense was kind of riddled with injuries that year, but at the end of the season, several defensive starters for the Giants echoed the same remarks and the Giants management took action... one of their starters stated that Sheridan was a screamer that disrespected his players....kind of bad when a HC known for being a hard *censored* admittedly changes his approach to better coach his players (Coughlin) but his DC couldn't. Now I'm seeing reports that he has been hired by the Bucs...like I said, get ready ya'll for yet ANOTHER year of lackluster defense...hope our entire defensive line is able to have a breakout year though, and here's hoping Ronde gives us atleast one more year!!
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    Off topic, but if Rolando Mcclain was released by the raiders the Bucs should go after him in free agency. He isn't the best MLB, but he is best available one and he is only 22 years old and also they should look into picking up Jason Smith OT from the Rams if he is released also since he is only 25 and can help out our OL.
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    Its going to be a team effort...Davis is a Buc so that he and Schiano can get into the defense issues...going to be interesting...also the Stoutland really know that position and should get that line back into the run game mode!!!
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    lol so speaking historically, college coaches do not have much success in the NFL, and what do the Glazers do? load up on college coaches. I wouldn't expect anything else from them. Open your wallets this offseason and sign BIG TIME free agents to get this stagnant fan base excited again (not just a kicker who helped us blaze to a 4-12 record). I've heard reports about how the bucs are going to be "active in free agency," but honestly I'll believe it when I see it. Right now their comments are just white noise.
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    How about Mike Singletary for DC?
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    Butch Davis DOES NOT want the DC title. How many times does that have to be stated? I have read nothing but negative comments each time a candidate is mentioned and in the in end we end up with someone we all get excited about. Relax...
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    Buc4life79 I absolutely agree. I think everyone else that has been chosen have been exceptional hires all things considered. Dont know much about Schiano but from what I read and hear he is just what this team needs. Love the Sullivan hire. Davis and Raye as assistants bring the much needed experience to the staff but I think this is the wrong guy. He made a defense filled with PROVEN talent one of the worse in the league and now we expect something different from him with UNproven talent? Hopefully this is just some smoke they are blowing bc he doesnt fit what we need. They should pay Butch Davis' buyout money and let him coach the D.
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    Don't care either way on Sheridan, we all know he'll just be Davis's puppet. The OL coach from Alabama is more interesting. Would he be brought in to continue opening holes for Richardson?
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    Here’s what I found on Bill Sheridan. Promoted to DC of the New York Giants in Jan. 2009 after 4 years as LB coach when Spagnuolo went to the Rams as HC. The Giants were ranked 5th in total defense in 2008 before Sheridan took over. Fired after one year on Jan. 4, 2010 when they slipped to 30th in total defense, dropping 8 of their last 11 games, and allowing 40 points or more on 5 different occasions – a team record. Sheridan claimed injuries were responsible for the decline. The Giants moved up to 17th in total defense in 2010, however slipped back to 27th in 2011. Sheridan may be right about injuries, because as the Giant defense got healthy near the end of the season and during the playoffs, performance increased significantly – evidenced by winning the Super Bowl. Sheridan was hired on Jan. 19, 2010 and spent the last 2 years as LB coach under Mike Nolan at the Dolphins, now DC at Atlanta. He most recently was hired by Urban Meyer as a Defensive Assistant at the Ohio State University on Jan. 31, 2012. Apparently, after 15 days, he is ready to jump ship to get back to the NFL, ala PJ Fleck at NIU. Not impressive, but Urban Meyer is a pretty good judge of talent, (maybe not loyalty), and maybe the 2009 year at the Giants, due to injuries was an unfortunate twist of fate. After 5 years and a couple of promotions including the promotion to DC under Coughlin who is considered a tough coach to work for, he must have done a few things right. You decide!
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    Urban Meyer can keep Sheridan and if Dominik has any sense pass on Sheridan as well...this guy took over a top 10 defense from Spags and made it putrid...the defensive players on the Giants hated him and don't anyone try and say it wasn't ALL ON HIM because they were right back to their old defensive ways the following year with Perry Fewell....this guy sucks and if he's named the Bc's DC, get ready for yet ANOTHER year of putrid defense....YUCK!
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    Must disagree even though you said not to. Go look at the injuries. Also, look at the injuries to the NY Giants under Fewell early this eyar when the NY Giants defense sucked.- - - - - - People always want to "not use injuries as an excuse" but it is a BIG reality. A coach is only as good as the talent on the field in the NFL. - - - - - All that said, I do not know if he will be a good defensive coordinator or not. Quite honestly, other than a 5 game stratch in 2009, he has a pretty good track record as a coach.
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    Agree, Bucs D will suck again with Sheridan. IIf they want a coordinator that will give up more 40 point games, I am available too. Could use the cash. Really dumb move to hire this idiot as D coordinator. Whatever happened to the defensive line coach for the 49ers. Why don't the Bucs try and get him? He would be a good DC.
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