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Tampa Bay Buccaneers interview Mike Sherman for coaching vacancy

TAMPA — Opposites might attract the Bucs to Mike Sherman.

The 57-year-old former Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M coach is an offensive play-caller known as a disciplinarian.

The Bucs are looking for a replacement for Raheem Morris, 35, who was fired Monday after three seasons. Morris doubled as a first-time defensive coordinator and had no NFL head coaching experience when he was hired to replace Jon Gruden in 2009.

Sherman interviewed with the Bucs on Wednesday night in Texas. The Bucs also interviewed Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray in Texas on Wednesday.

The Glazer family, which owns the Bucs, declined to comment on the coaching search.

Sherman's offensive background could appeal to the Bucs, who finished 4-12 and need to resurrect the career of quarterback Josh Freeman. In his third season, Freeman threw 16 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. In 2010, when the Bucs went 10-6, Freeman threw 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.

In six seasons with the Packers — with Brett Favre in his prime at quarterback — Sherman went 57-39 and won three division titles. He was fired in 2005 after going 4-12, the Packers' first losing season since 1991.

Sherman went 25-25 in four seasons at Texas A&M, including 6-6 this season, and went to two bowl games (losing both). He spent two seasons with the Houston Texans, one as offensive coordinator, before joining the Aggies.

Bucs general manager Mark Dominik also went to Texas and participated in both interviews but declined to comment.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported that Morris met Wednesday with the Redskins front office, including general manager Bruce Allen, who held the same position with the Bucs, about a job. And ESPN.com reported he will talk to the Vikings about one.

The Bucs are also believed to be interested in meeting with former Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who interviewed in St. Louis on Thursday and is expected to choose between it and Miami.

Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, the Bills' head coach for two seasons, also has drawn interest from the Bucs. But he is focusing on Sunday's playoff game against the Giants. Mularkey played tight end at Florida in the early '80s and was the Bucs' tight ends coach in the mid '90s.

One coach who has expressed interest in the Bucs job through intermediaries is former Chiefs coach Todd Haley.

Haley, 45, went 19-26 in nearly three seasons with the Chiefs, including 10-6 and the AFC West title in 2010. He was fired after starting this season 5-8. He is a no-nonsense disciple of Bill Parcells and a play-caller who served as offensive coordinator for the Cardinals from 2007-08.

The Bucs have not contacted Haley and have no plans to interview him.

Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.

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