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Ohio State's Bill Sheridan is Bucs defensive coordinator, team announces



The Bucs are in a New York state of mind when it comes to hiring coordinators.

Tampa Bay hired former Giants assistant Bill Sheridan as their defensive coordinator, just two days after introducing former Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan as their offensive coordinator.

Both were assistants under coach Tom Coughlin when the Giants won Super Bowl XLII following the 2007 regular season. Sheridan coached linebackers for New York from 2005-08 and was hired as the Giants defensive coordinator in 2009. But under Sheridan, the Giants gave up 427 points, the second most in franchise history, and he was fired.

"Bill is a great teacher who brings a tremendous understanding of defensive football to the Buccaneers organization,” Schiano said. “Over the last three decades, he has had the opportunity to work under some great head coaches like Bo Schembechler, Nick Saban, Lloyd Carr, and Tom Coughlin. His experience and knowledge will be a great benefit to our defensive staff.”

Sheridan actually left the Buckeyes for the Bucs. He was the last assistant coach to join Urban Meyer's staff at Ohio State recently. He spent the past two seasons coaching linebackers for the Miami Dolphins.

But before he had a chance to coach a game for the Buckeyes, he jumped at an opportunity to interview with the Bucs' for the defensive coordinator position Wednesday.

Sheridan will have a familiar face on his defensive coaching staff. Former Jets and Dolphins linebacker Bryan Cox has been hired as a defensive assistant for the Bucs, the team confirmed.

The Buccaneers will hold an introductory press conference for Sheridan at 11 a.m. Tuesday. 

Cox spent last season on the Dolphins staff with Sheridan as their pass rush coach. He was an assistant defensive line coach for the New York Jets for three seasons (2006–08) under Eric Mangini. After Mangini was fired and became the coach of the Browns in January 2009, Cox followed him to Cleveland where he was the defensive line coach.

A spokesperson for Ohio State, Jerry Emig, first confirmed to the Lantern that Sheridan was leaving the Buckeyes.

Sheridan was the last hire on Meyer's staff after defensive backs coach Taver Johnson left the Buckeyes for a coaching job at Arkansas.

Sullivan served as the Giants receivers coach on the same staff as Sheridan for six seasons before coaching quarterbacks the last two years.


[Last modified: Friday, February 17, 2012 6:53pm]


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