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Bill Sheridan, Bryan Cox expected to join Bucs’ staff

Bryan cox, Jonathan Freeny AP

Greg Schiano is slowly but surely assembling his coaching staff, with two more coaches coming for the defensive side of the ball.

Bill Sheridan, who just weeks ago accepted a job on the Ohio State coaching staff, is leaving to become the Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator, according to Ohio State’s campus newspaper. Sheridan is a former Giants defensive coordinator and Dolphins linebackers coach.

And Bryan Cox, the former NFL linebacker, is expected to become a defensive assistant in Tampa Bay, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Cox spent 12 years in the NFL and was, like Sheridan, most recently on the Dolphins’ staff.

As the last team to hire its head coach, the Bucs were behind the curve in getting a staff together. But Schiano (who is also bringing aboard some of his former Rutgers assistants) is getting close to having his staff assembled.

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24 Responses to “Bill Sheridan, Bryan Cox expected to join Bucs’ staff”
  1. rogerbrad says: Feb 17, 2012 4:19 PM

    Comment: As the last team to hire its head coach, the Bucs were behind the curve in getting a staff together.
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    This comment may be true but we’ll see how the season goes. Sometimes you don’t rush thing you want done right.

  2. AlanSaysYo says: Feb 17, 2012 4:20 PM

    Now they just need Farmer Fran and they’re set.

  3. realnflmaster says: Feb 17, 2012 4:30 PM

    Lol garbage coaching staff and like 100 million in cap room.

    Just fold the franchise.

  4. nineroutsider says: Feb 17, 2012 4:31 PM

    So wait how does this work: Davis can consult with Sheridan off the football and tell him how the defense should be run, setup the schemes, etc., but he can’t be on the field coaching the players or really even interacting with them?

    I can’t remember a situation like this, can’t wait to see what it looks like on Sundays. Can’t see it working out well, but it’s the NFL…watch them go out and have an 11-5 season and shut everybody up. Probably would still have 7 blackouts though…

  5. jdandcoke says: Feb 17, 2012 4:36 PM

    sheridan was probably the worst defensive coordinator the giants ever had. i dont understand that signing by schiano.

  6. bluefan204 says: Feb 17, 2012 4:45 PM

    Bill Sheridan as DC?

    Oh boy, Bucs fans, you guys are going to want him gone by week 6. Easily one of the worst DC’s in NFL history. His schemes are completely nonsensical, and he has no idea how to communicate with his players, or how to use them properly. I almost cried tears of joy when the Giants fired him.

  7. eznupe4life says: Feb 17, 2012 4:51 PM

    I wonder how Osi would feel if he complained about his contract again this year & Jerry Reese got him the new contract he’s been coveting………in TAMPA BAY!

  8. tampajoey says: Feb 17, 2012 4:54 PM

    Screwing over Ohio State University and Urban Meyer is just an extra bonus!

  9. realitypolice says: Feb 17, 2012 5:04 PM

    You are not going to get a top flight defensive coordinator to take your job when:

    A) You are a defensive minded head coach yourself who will no doubt want to have some input and,

    B) You have Butch Freakin Davis lurking around as a “defensive assistant”.

    I mean seriously, what self-respecting professional defensive coach would walk into that situation?

  10. gcsuk says: Feb 17, 2012 5:18 PM

    Good luck, Bucs fans. As this Giants fan can attest to, you’re gonna need it cause Sheridan was horrible. Lost control and respect of the players by Week 6. To go from Spags to Sheridan to Fewell has been Day to Night to Day.

  11. joe3001 says: Feb 17, 2012 5:21 PM

    What’s the point of having the best WR’s coach available if your Head Coach sucks?

    Never understood why people fret that so much – let’s rush to hire a Head Coach so he can get the best available assistants … instead of taking your time to ensure you have the best possible HC to lead your franchise.

    Not saying Schiano was the right call per se … time will tell on that. For instance, I don’t recall anybody being psyched over the Mike McCarthy hire in Green Bay and he’s won a Super Bowl there, whereas many celebrated hires in the NFL haven’t worked out.

  12. sensiblebuc says: Feb 17, 2012 5:27 PM

    @ realitypolice

    A guy looking to rebuild his reputation. You’ve seen the comments Giants fans have made about the guy. Its a win-win situation for him: If they succeed He was part of it. If he doesnt he goes back to where he was. No downside.

  13. tfbuckfutter says: Feb 17, 2012 5:31 PM

    Interesting.

    Cox as a player was known as being the player most likely to throw up the middle finger.

    Cox as a coach, however, is one of the few coaches passing on the opportunity to throw up a middle finger at the Bucs.

  14. rajbais says: Feb 17, 2012 5:34 PM

    Bill Sheridan sucked with the Giants!!!!

    Tampa Bay is heading for another dark era!!!

    Note to the Glazer Family: sell the team to a current resident of the area, Eddie Debartolo!!!! He’s actually a future Hall of Famer!!!!

  15. jdandcoke says: Feb 17, 2012 5:41 PM

    hey bucs fans….have you ever wondered what it would be like to see guys like clayborn and bowers dropping back and covering wr’s?? well, youre going to get your wish.

  16. realitypolice says: Feb 17, 2012 6:05 PM

    sensiblebuc says:
    Feb 17, 2012 5:27 PM
    @ realitypolice

    A guy looking to rebuild his reputation. You’ve seen the comments Giants fans have made about the guy. Its a win-win situation for him: If they succeed He was part of it. If he doesnt he goes back to where he was. No downside.
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    If they succeed, Schiano gets the credit. If they fail, Sheridan gets fired and Davis takes his place.

    Little upside.

  17. bucforever says: Feb 17, 2012 6:59 PM

    Ok then. Let’s start cutting some of the dead weight and under performers to free up more money for the free agents. Then on to the draft.
    Get the best players available . Get the TBA going.
    Get the everybody on the same page . Just get it all going . GO BUCS!!

  18. berniemadoffsides says: Feb 17, 2012 8:34 PM

    The Giants FIRED Sheridan after a year as DC.

    Good luck with that… he’s terrible.

  19. berniemadoffsides says: Feb 17, 2012 8:51 PM

    gcsuk says:
    Feb 17, 2012 5:18 PM
    Good luck, Bucs fans. As this Giants fan can attest to, you’re gonna need it cause Sheridan was horrible. Lost control and respect of the players by Week 6. To go from Spags to Sheridan to Fewell has been Day to Night to Day.

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    Technically, it was Day to Day to Night…

  20. thesmiteofthewicked says: Feb 18, 2012 1:25 AM

    So the Buccaneers intend to improve a defense that gave up 490 points….by hiring a guy whose defense gave up 428 points in his only season, with way more talent?

    This will TOTALLY work out.

  21. gcsuk says: Feb 18, 2012 1:41 AM

    berniemadoffsides says:
    Feb 17, 2012 8:51 PM
    gcsuk says:
    Feb 17, 2012 5:18 PM
    Good luck, Bucs fans. As this Giants fan can attest to, you’re gonna need it cause Sheridan was horrible. Lost control and respect of the players by Week 6. To go from Spags to Sheridan to Fewell has been Day to Night to Day.

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    Technically, it was Day to Day to Night…
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    Sorry, I was looking at it from a Co-ordinator proficiency point of view, not an Archie Bunker/Racial point of view.

  22. sensiblebuc says: Feb 18, 2012 2:17 AM

    @ realitypolice

    So if the Bucs win Sheridan’s stock stays the same? That doesn’t make any sense. Bellichick failed horribly at Cleveland, got another gig and became a Hall of Famer. Sheridan can rebuild his reputation if he does well with this opportunity.

    If the Bucs lose and he gets fired you mean to tell me that he can’t find a college job as a DB coach? Once again, that doesn’t make any sense looking at it from Bill Sheridan’s perspective.

  23. sensiblebuc says: Feb 18, 2012 2:21 AM

    @ realitypolice

    Butch is not going to be the DC in Tampa. This is quick stop for him while he waits on his UNC severance pay. It’s clear he wants to be a head coach again somewhere. He hasn’t coordinated a defense since 1993.

  24. brasho says: Feb 18, 2012 7:28 AM

    Sheridan took the Giants from 5th in points allowed in 2008 to 30th. His defenses allowed 40+ points in 3 of the team’s last 4 games of 2009…ouch.

    Sadly, it is a fairly big upgrade from the old defensive coordinator (Raheem Morris).

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