Sherman among finalists for Bucs head coaching job
Former Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman is among the finalists for the Bucs' head coaching position, the Tampa Bay Times confirmed.
After Oregon coach Chip Kelly ducked out of an offer to become the Bucs head coach early Monday, the team moved quickly to schedule second interviews, most likely to be held in Tampa this week.
Bucs general manager Mark Dominik was in the process Monday of informing candidates the team interviewed whether they were finalists or no longer under consideration. Sherman is the first to be confirmed for a second interview but there are likely to be more. Dominik remained in Tampa Monday and is uncertain whether he will attend Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala., this week because of the Bucs unsettled coaching situation.
Sherman, 57, is known as a disciplinarian and has a solid offensive background. In six seasons with the Packers, with Brett Favre in his prime at quarterback, Sherman went 57-39 and won three NFL North titles. He was fired in 2005 after compiling a 4-12 record, the Packers first losing season since 1991.
Sherman was 25-25 in four seasons at Texas A&M, including two bowl appearances. He 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.
The Bucs are scheduling second interviews from a list of known candidates that include former Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, former Vikings coach Brad Childress, former Browns, Chiefs, Redskins and Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer, Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.
The Bucs were close to finalizing an agreement with Kelly early Monday, whose innovative offensive schemes may have benefitted quarterback Josh Freeman. Sherman helped covert Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill from a receiver. Tannehill could be a first round pick in the NFL draft in April.
Freeman struggled last season, throwing 22 interceptions and only 16 interceptions.
Zimmer, Childress and Gray also interviewed for the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job.