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Tampa Bay Buccaneers hire Bill Sheridan as defensive coordinator

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

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

Both were assistants under Tom Coughlin when the Giants won Super Bowl XLII in February 2008.

"Bill is a great teacher who brings a tremendous understanding of defensive football to the Buccaneers organization," new Bucs coach Greg Schiano said in a statement the team released.

"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 was unavailable for comment, but the Bucs scheduled a news conference for Tuesday.

Sheridan actually left Ohio State for the Bucs. He was the last assistant to join new Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer's staff, hired Jan. 31 after spending the past two seasons as Dolphins linebackers coach.

But before even one practice, Sheridan jumped at the opportunity to interview with the Bucs. He did so Wednesday.

Sheridan coached linebackers for the Giants from 2005-08 and was promoted to defensive coordinator when Steve Spagnuolo left to become Rams coach. But under Sheridan, the Giants gave up 427 points, second most in franchise history, and he was fired.

By comparison, the Bucs gave up a franchise-worst 494 points last season under coach and defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, who was fired Jan. 2.

Sheridan will have a familiar face on his staff. Former NFL linebacker Bryan Cox was hired as a defensive assistant. His role has not been determined.

Cox spent last season with Miami as a pass-rush coach. He previously was the Jets assistant defensive line coach (2006-08) and Browns defensive line coach Browns (2009-10). He had 511/2 sacks for the Dolphins (1991-95), Bears (1996-97), Jets (1998-2000), Patriots (2001) and Saints (2002).

In Tampa, Sheridan will have no shortage of sounding boards. Schiano was a defensive-minded coach at Rutgers. Former Rutgers defensive coordinator Bob Fraser is on the staff, and Schiano hired Butch Davis, a longtime defensive assistant, as the special assistant to the head coach. Schiano also has hired many Rutgers assistants, including Fraser, receivers coach P.J. Fleck, secondary coach Jeff Hafley and tight ends coach Brian Angelichio. But the Bucs have not officially announced those additions.

MYERS' SON KILLED: Christopher Myers, 19, the son of Bucs preseason TV announcer and Fox NASCAR studio host Chris Myers, died Thursday in a car accident. Fox said Myers will not be part of its Feb. 26 Daytona 500 coverage. Christopher Myers died in Southern California, where the family lives.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

.Fast facts

Bill Sheridan

Age: 53 (born Jan. 27, 1959, in Detroit)

Family: Wife Jaycine, sons Joe, Nick and Mark, daughter Natalie

NFL resume

2010-11: Dolphins, linebackers

2009: Giants, defensive coordinator

2005-08: Giants, linebackers

College

Linebacker at Grand Valley State from 1977-81

Miscellany

Son Nick was a quarterback for Michigan from 2006-09, appearing in 12 games and starting four

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