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Jerry Gray and Mike Sherman to interview for Bucs job

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The first candidates to replace Raheem Morris have emerged in Tampa. The names probably won’t get Bucs fans too excited.

John Clayton of ESPN.com reports the Bucs will set up an interview with former Packers coach Mike Sherman this week.  Sherman and Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik share an agent.  Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times reports Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray will also interview.

Gray played for the Bucs at one time and is very well respected by his players. His interview will satisfy the Rooney Rule.

While Jacksonville is interviewing all offensive minds, the Bucs seem more open about what kind of coach they need.

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55 Responses to “Jerry Gray and Mike Sherman to interview for Bucs job”
  1. daysend564 says: Jan 3, 2012 3:28 PM

    Gruden!

  2. vegaskid21 says: Jan 3, 2012 3:28 PM

    Knowing the Glaziers (Bucs Owners) – they will pick the cheepest coach possible.

  3. emma333 says: Jan 3, 2012 3:33 PM

    “While Jacksonville is interviewing all offensive minds, the Bucs seem more open about what kind of coach they need”…….What a needless swipe at the Jaguars, since they were a top 5 defense, and around 31 offense…..I’d say they are ALSO looking at what kind of coach they need.

  4. phillipalpha says: Jan 3, 2012 3:34 PM

    I’m hoping for either:

    a. experienced HC with young talented coordinators

    b. young talented HC with experienced proven coordinators

    Now bucs tried going Youngry on the coaching staff with limited luck, i sincerely hope that a good mix of talent and experience – do not want the Bucs to become a coaching carrousel every other year!

  5. otissor says: Jan 3, 2012 3:35 PM

    I feel bad for you Bucs fans. lol

  6. muskyhunter2542 says: Jan 3, 2012 3:37 PM

    I liked Mike (Sugar Bear) Sherman with The Packers. Look at his record pre-GM. He is a very good coach.

  7. brenenostler says: Jan 3, 2012 3:38 PM

    Brian Billick too maybe?

  8. binarybulge says: Jan 3, 2012 3:38 PM

    Mike Sherman might be the only one willing to take the Bucs job. Thrilled, actually. I never thought he’d get another HC opportunity.

  9. hscorpio says: Jan 3, 2012 3:42 PM

    Mike Sherman started out in GB as a decent head coach. Then he got promoted to GM/HC, which was the beginning of the end. As a GM, he was a trainwreck who slowly eroded the array of talent left by Ron Wolf until the cupboard was bare in that 4-12 disaster of 2005.

    If he learned that he’s just a HC, he can probably make a good one again.

  10. keevel says: Jan 3, 2012 3:44 PM

    Mike Sherman, the Head Coach, didn’t get fired in Green Bay because of his coaching, he got fired because Mike Sherman, the General Manager, was a poor judge of talent.

  11. regisphilbin says: Jan 3, 2012 3:44 PM

    Awesome, you still found a way to bash the Jags in a Bucs article. You confirmed you know little about the Jags, considering they had the worst offense in the NFL.

  12. thingamajig says: Jan 3, 2012 3:46 PM

    Looks like the end of the Blackout days are coming to Tampa with this kind of hire. Better yet, neither one is going to command big money.

  13. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jan 3, 2012 3:49 PM

    Mike Sherman is only getting a shot at this interview because he qualifies for the minority status requirement by being a complete mongoloid? Right?

    His wife would be a better hire…and interview, I bet.

    If you’re a Bucs fan….you’re rioting in the Tampa streets tonight.

  14. rgthree4dc says: Jan 3, 2012 3:49 PM

    Hopefully Jerry Gray gets a legitimate shot, I had the pleasure of meeting him when he coached for the Skins, he was an extremely nice dude and he was an immensely well respected coach.

    The Rooney Rule, in my opinion at least, is basically counter productive. I’d feel patronized if the only reason I was getting interviewed was to fulfill an absurd rule. It’s the 21st century and while racism still exists, I wouldn’t say it effects the NFL very much.

  15. linvillegorge says: Jan 3, 2012 3:53 PM

    Good Lord, Sherman just got fired by Texas A&M yet he may be good enough for the Bucs?

  16. austrianpanther says: Jan 3, 2012 3:55 PM

    May I please have my daily Tebow post?
    It’s getting late and I reallly don’t want to miss the post!!

  17. minkytails says: Jan 3, 2012 3:55 PM

    I can’t wait for the day that the Rooney Rule is completely unnecessary. I hope Jerry Gray wows them and nails the job.

  18. minkytails says: Jan 3, 2012 3:56 PM

    keevel, when Mike Sherman was fired, he was not the general manager. So yes, he was fired because he was a poor coach.

  19. reddawn1563 says: Jan 3, 2012 3:57 PM

    Oh for the father, the son, and the holy Tebow they better not choose one of those jokers. I want to see Fisher or someone close to being good. Not only is Tampa Youngry they are also cheap as hell!!

  20. ebeg420 says: Jan 3, 2012 3:57 PM

    The “Sherminator”? lol.

    The same guy that BLEW that game against the Eagles with the 4th and 26?

    Good Luck Bucs fans!!
    Might as well start wearing the “OPrange Creamsicles” too!!!

  21. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 3, 2012 3:57 PM

    I wonder if Sherman gets the job if Sapp will scream on NFL Network for him to “put a jersey on.” Not sure if the human pear is what the Bucs need. They need a strong disciplinarian. Plus, Sherman won’t completely kowtow to Dominik and the Glazers.

  22. bdluckyshot says: Jan 3, 2012 4:01 PM

    Hopefully it’s not Fisher. Six playoff appearances in 17 seasons is hardly the resume of a winner.

  23. sensiblebuc says: Jan 3, 2012 4:03 PM

    @rgthree4dc

    I disagree. An opportunity is what you make of it. If he goes in there and knocks the Glazers’ socks off and they hire him he wins…

    If it’s just a token interview he still wins because he gets to go through the motions and it creates a demand (whether artificial or not) for his services. Maybe he gets a pay bump after this. Maybe he gets another job down the line.

    Look at our recently fired HC Raheem Morris. He parlayed one interview with the Broncos into 2 years of misery and 1 year of ecstasy for my Bucs! lol

    I don’t imagine the rule will be in play for too many more years (5-10 years max). I would argue that has was a helpful tool (along with all the minority coaching programs) to root out the Ole Boys system of continually hiring retreads and force owners to at least entertain thinking outside of the box even if success has been limited.

  24. austrianpanther says: Jan 3, 2012 4:05 PM

    They should strongly consider interviewing and hiring a great offensive coordinator- Brian Schottenheimer- pops right up!!!!!!!

    Thank-you,
    Entire New York Jets Fan Base

  25. tbtrojan says: Jan 3, 2012 4:05 PM

    Talk is Fisher is going to Tanpa tomorrow.
    Please let the Dolphins hire & overpay Mr Average before he gets there.

  26. packerbadger says: Jan 3, 2012 4:05 PM

    to muskiehunter

    Sherman wasted Favre’s prime. Favre got the Packers into the playoffs mostly on his own. Sherman didn’t surround Favre with great receivers/running backs like the Colts did with Manning. Packers may have won two or three more Super Bowls had he done so.

    to austrianpanther

    No Tebow for you!

  27. stellarperformance says: Jan 3, 2012 4:06 PM

    If Sherman is asked to be the coach only, he would be a good fit. If he wants power..forget it.

  28. ajknox88 says: Jan 3, 2012 4:06 PM

    I remember at the beginning of the year how everyone was so happy with Morris, and talked about how he was the best young head coach, I don’t think after 1 crappy season he should be fired.

    Owner did it to make fans excited about next year so they buy tickets. If it takes a new hc to get people to come to your games, you are doing something wrong.

    As a football fan I really dislike seeing how HC’s aren’t given enough time.

  29. ruggyup says: Jan 3, 2012 4:11 PM

    Step 1. Hire Bill Polian
    Step 2. Listen to Bill Polian.
    Step 3. Open the wallet, bank account, reserve account and spend what it takes.

    Next Option-reconcile yourself to every game a blackout.

  30. godofwine330 says: Jan 3, 2012 4:16 PM

    @ rgthree4dc

    I wish the Rooney Rule didn’t exist as in I wish that I wish we didn’t need it. Yes, this is the 21st century, but the rule was enacted because minority coaches weren’t even getting looked at. Yes, farce interviews are a disgrace, but the Rooney Rule allows for some guy to come in, get his foot in the door and kick it down because he is so prepared (or, for my military fam, sh*t hot). Just a chance is what is needed, this rule is that chance.

    You know what I love to see, though? When a teem SURPASES the Rooney Rule minimum. That is proof to me that they are looking for the right guy.

  31. 13xworldchamps says: Jan 3, 2012 4:17 PM

    minkytails says:Jan 3, 2012 3:56 PM

    keevel, when Mike Sherman was fired, he was not the general manager. So yes, he was fired because he was a poor coach.

    By then the Damage he had done as a GM though had erroded the talent pool of the team, especially on Defense. That plus the fact he allowed Favre to set up his own rules was his downfall.

    His biggest coaching blunder was in the playoff game at Philly when on a 4th and 1 at the 35 ish yardline he punted rather than hand the ball to Ahman Green who had a monster day that game

  32. emoney826 says: Jan 3, 2012 4:17 PM

    How good would have Sherman been if he didn’t have Favre carrying him all of those years? One bad thing about Sherman was that he always started off slow. He never had his teams ready to play.

  33. kidpresentable says: Jan 3, 2012 4:23 PM

    “keevel, when Mike Sherman was fired, he was not the general manager. So yes, he was fired because he was a poor coach.”

    Coach Mike Sherman was fired because GM Mike Sherman stocked his team with crappy players and/or bad contracts.

    Sherman is a good X’s and O’s guy, but part of being a coach is managing the personalities around you. Whether it was turning Favre into a pampered diva, mishandling Mike McKenzie and Javon Walker, or being unable to get along with his coaching staff (Jagodinski, Donatell, etc.), Sherman showed he’s can’t handle that aspect of the job. He’d make a good coordinator, but making him a head coach promoted him beyond his ability.

  34. actiondanwi says: Jan 3, 2012 4:26 PM

    It’d be interesting to see Sherman get another shot. His undoing in GB was getting caught up in the Favre mania and never holding him accountable.

    I will also never forgive him for deciding to punt in favor of going for it on 4th-and-1 in that playoff game at Philly, when he could’ve put the game out of reach… Ahman Green was absolutely destroying them.

    Not cool.

  35. Land Snark says: Jan 3, 2012 4:28 PM

    Please hire Sherman. Can’t wait to hear him call the owners and management idiots there too.

  36. countyk66ers says: Jan 3, 2012 4:32 PM

    Sherman was fired for gum chewing and not wearing a hat on subfreezing gamedays.

  37. Land Snark says: Jan 3, 2012 4:35 PM

    @godofwine330

    Exactly. Owners seem to take the Rooney Rule as something they have to treat as a nuisance while they hire the next retread or hot name coach.

    They should be taking it as an opportunity to do a thorough search for the best candidate.

    The Steelers hiring Tomlin is a great example of this concept.

  38. ronswansonsdinner says: Jan 3, 2012 4:42 PM

    The only pro about Sherman is his ability to develop quarterbacks. Bucs need to get Freeman back on track.

  39. chris6523 says: Jan 3, 2012 4:44 PM

    Sherman’s biggest problem as a head coach, both at Green Bay and at Texas A + M was that he had a tendency to sit on leads and as a result his teams often blew leads. During a four week stretch in 2003, the pack blew more 2nd half double figure leads than they blew in the entire time Holmgren coached the pack.

    The other thing with Sherman, whether good or bad, is that he is the anti-Rex. Where Ryan is flamboyant to a fault Sherman is almost criminally boring. In fact, if Sherman’s wife were to pass away, I would guess the most likely cause being that her husband bored her to death.

  40. voiceofrealism says: Jan 3, 2012 4:47 PM

    minkytails says:
    Jan 3, 2012 3:55 PM
    I can’t wait for the day that the Rooney Rule is completely unnecessary. I hope Jerry Gray wows them and nails the job.
    ====================
    Don’t need to wait. It’s unnecessary now. The goal is to win and they hire the best they can. Color is irrelevant in the NFL unless you are a player.

  41. doncherry81 says: Jan 3, 2012 4:48 PM

    @austrianpanther

    Be careful what you wish for. Your team can’t do anything offensively because of your spaghetti armed QB and diva top WR. Plaxico Burress, fresh outta 2 years in prison outperformed all players on your offense besides maybe Mangold. It’s not Schottenhiemers fault Holmes needs a blankie and the Sanchize can’t throw a ball father than Chad Pennington.

  42. kidpresentable says: Jan 3, 2012 4:50 PM

    “I will also never forgive him for deciding to punt in favor of going for it on 4th-and-1 in that playoff game at Philly, when he could’ve put the game out of reach… Ahman Green was absolutely destroying them.”

    ESPN ran an “NFL’s Greatest Games” episode about that game. In it, Sherman is talking about the “4th and 26″ play, and he describes it as the correct play call, just poor execution. He fired his defensive coordinator over that “correct play call.”

  43. 4ever19 says: Jan 3, 2012 4:52 PM

    Please hire Gruden again. That way, Irsay won’t do something stupid and pick him to coach my beloved Colts.

  44. roastbeefsandwich says: Jan 3, 2012 4:55 PM

    Sherman was pretty good in the regular season, but terrible in the post season. He was gun shy and acted like McNabb as a coach.

    Packer fans won’t admit it now, but he rode the coat tails of Favre and Ahman Green for those successful years. They put up top 5 or 6 ranked offenses year after year, with little consistent talent at WR, but had zero defensive stopping power.

  45. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Jan 3, 2012 5:01 PM

    kidpresentable says:Jan 3, 2012 4:50 PM

    ESPN ran an “NFL’s Greatest Games” episode about that game. In it, Sherman is talking about the “4th and 26″ play, and he describes it as the correct play call, just poor execution. He fired his defensive coordinator over that “correct play call.”
    __________________________________

    And he can thank Darren Sharper for that poor execution. See the T.O. catch against the Niners in the playoffs that bounced the Pack….same play, same Sharper…albeit he was a rookie, I think.

  46. cwmorga says: Jan 3, 2012 5:17 PM

    @stellarperformance says: Jan 3, 2012 4:06 PM

    If Sherman is asked to be the coach only, he would be a good fit. If he wants power..forget it.
    ———————

    Not sure the Shermanator is a good fit. From what I’ve read, there is no discipline or accountability in that locker room. I think a young, undisciplined team would benefit from a disciplinarian and strong leader which Sherman is not.

  47. jleo78 says: Jan 3, 2012 5:35 PM

    Sherman is not the answer if t.b. wants to win. He was handed a team capable of a superbowl with a good mix of young and old and embarrassed himself. There are lots of good coordinators or newbys out there that would be much better than Sherman. He also has no clue when it comes to clock management.

  48. buccobruce says: Jan 3, 2012 6:12 PM

    I think everyone in Tampa knows Raheem was the least of the problem, although he was a problem. A young team should have had a more experienced HC, not a HC trying to figure things out on the job.

    Everyone wants Freeman “back on track”. What do you want at QB when your DEF gives up a franchise record in points allowed? Do you want some QB to throw check downs and play it safe when your team is down by 21 in the 2nd quarter? Fix the DEF and you fix Freeman.

    All the other comments here are about the Glazers being cheap. I say BS!!! They payed two years ago for unsold tickets to prevent blackouts. They bid upwards of 125M on Haynesworth (reportedly more that Washington). They were rumored to be interested in paying Asomugha but why would he consider the rebuilding Bucs over the Jets or Eagles. They would certainly have bid on Peppers but he didn’t want to come either. They tried to lure Housh (when he was a big name) but he chose Seattle. They franchised Antonio Bryant for a year rather than giving him a 6-year deal (thankfully).

    My point is where do you want them to spend big money? They tried by most reports. They paid Gruden 15M over three years to sit in a booth while paying Raheem 5M over those three and now paying him 2M to sit on the couch next year.

    Now that Gruden is off the books take that 5M and go get a coach that can bring in really good coordinators. Fisher fits the bill, so does Billick. My choice however, Joe Philbin. Look at what he’s done with Rodgers and then with Flynn setting Packer records last weekend. I’ll take a chance on bringing that offensive system to Tampa any day.

  49. grudenthediva says: Jan 3, 2012 6:14 PM

    Jerry Gray, stay far far away. Nothing personal, its just that this town likes their coaches a little paler, if you get my drift.

    Hell, even for all Dungy did in his early years here, he was and still is despised in some circles. Tampa Bay has too many backwoods good ol’ boys.

  50. ctbucsfan0429 says: Jan 3, 2012 7:01 PM

    I think Bruccobruce is on to something here. Morris was part of the problem, not the entire problem. I do agree that he should of been fired. The team has many holes! Those holes were exposed this year. I think everyone is a little too over zealous about Fisher. He and the rest of the coaches mentioned are far from Lombardi. The team needs more talent. Talent on D talent on O to support the QB.

  51. ctbucsfan0429 says: Jan 3, 2012 7:56 PM

    Sherman was 53-27 as head coach of GB. The 4th and 26 debacle and the hiring of Ted Thompson led to his downfall.

  52. ahart813 says: Jan 3, 2012 9:28 PM

    booooooo

  53. jessethegreat says: Jan 3, 2012 9:34 PM

    As long as Sherman is not given any rights in signing players or determining contracts, he will be a good coach. The hiring of Thompson did not lead to his downfall ctbucsfan… the cap hell he put the Packers in did. Thompson was hired to sort out the terrible contracts he signed players to.

  54. kazmot1 says: Jan 4, 2012 6:28 PM

    Warren Sapp.Think about it!

  55. zappa722 says: Jan 7, 2012 10:46 AM

    Can someone please tell me exactly why the Glazers fired Coach Gruden, honestly? The answer has to be strictly financial, considering he was fired with 2 years left on his contract & they didn’t want to give him a nice extension, right? Immediately following, they hired a guy who was only a defensive coordinator in the NFL for 4 weeks, again financial right? That whole experiment blew right up in their faces my friends. Now they appear to be looking for a Gruden type coach to come save the day & start selling out games again. My whole point to this is that they had a good coach in Gruden & let him go. A very stupid move on their part! Youth & inexperience translates to inexpensive. The Glazers are at a serious crossroad right now. It is time for them to reinvest in this team or sell it to someone who will, enough already!!!

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