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Bucs will interview former Packers, Texas A&M coach Sherman; plan to meet with Fisher, Mularkey and Gray

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The last time former Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman made headlines in Tampa Bay, he was going after Warren Sapp for his hit on tackle Chad Clifton during an interception return by Brian Kelly in 2002.

As Sherman approached Sapp following the game, the Bucs defensive tackle bellowed,  "Put a jersey on!''

Sherman will be returning to Tampa Bay soon. He confirmed Tuesday he has been contacted by the Bucs but declined further comment. An interview is in the process of being scheduled, Sherman said.

"I prefer not to make any comment about that just yet,'' Sherman said Tuesday when reached by the Times. "I hope you understand.''

The Bucs plan to interview multiple candidates for their vacant head coaching job after firing Raheem Morris Monday.

Although Joel Glazer said the team won't be pigeon-holed in their search, NFL head coaching experience may be preferred by the Bucs.

The Bucs wish list was thought to begin with former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who interviewed with the Miami Dolphins Tuesday. Fisher also is a candidate in St. Louis and the Bucs are working with Fisher to schedule a meeting sometime this week. 

In six seasons with the Packers, Sherman went 57-39 and won three NFL North titles. He was 25-25 in four seasons at Texas A&M, including two bowl appearances.

Sherman is an offensive play-caller who spent two seasons with the Houston Texans before joining the Aggies. He served as offensive coordinator his last season with the Texans.

An experienced play-caller could be a boost for quarterback Josh Freeman, who struggled last season with 16 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. That performace was in stark contrast to 2010, when he threw 25 touchdowns and only six INTs. The Bucs committed 40 turnovers this season.

The Bucs plan to interview Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who began his coaching career in Tampa Bay in '92 as an offensive quality control assistant under Sam Wyche. Mularkey was the Buffalo Bills head coach from 2004-06, going 14-18 in two seasons before resigning.             

Tennessee defensive coordinator Jerry Gray is also on the list to be interviewed by the Bucs, but the team had not formally asked for permission from the Titans Tuesday.

Gray, who played with the Bucs in '93 and worked under Jeff Fisher in Tennessee, would make the Bucs in compliance with the Rooney Rule. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 7:17pm]

    

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