Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers to talk to Mike Sherman again after Chip Kelly turns them down

TAMPA — Oregon coach Chip Kelly is known for his fast-paced offense, but his call for a reverse surprised the Bucs just before sunrise Monday.

After agreeing to most of the components of an agreement to coach Tampa Bay, Kelly had a change of heart and decided to remain with the Ducks.

The Chip-Flop, as it is being called in Oregon, did not halt the Bucs search for a head coach.

By Monday afternoon, former Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman became the first candidate to be called for a second interview with the Bucs this week.

Sherman, 57, has an offensive background and is considered to be a candidate with the Miami Dolphins as an offensive coordinator under new coach Joe Philbin.

Sherman went 57-39 and won three NFL North titles in six seasons with the Packers. He was fired in 2005 after a 4-12 record, the Packers' first losing season since 1991.

He was 25-25 in four seasons at Texas A&M, with two bowl appearances, and helped transform quarterback Ryan Tannehill from receiver to quarterback. The Bucs hope to find a coach who can help quarterback Josh Freeman get back on track after he threw 16 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions this season.

General manager Mark Dominik remained in Tampa on Monday to contact candidates rather than attending the Senior Bowl workouts in Mobile, Ala.

The Bucs are scheduling second interviews and selecting finalists from a list that includes 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.

"We clearly are serious about finding the right coach," Dominik said in a text to the Tampa Bay Times.

The Bucs were hopeful Kelly would be that coach.

He had cancelled a recruiting trip to Sacramento, Calif., and Oregon officials reportedly believed he had agreed to a deal to jump to the NFL and coach the Bucs, less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 national signing day.

But around 5 a.m. Monday, he informed the Bucs he was staying at Oregon.

"His heart is with college football and Oregon and he's no longer being considered," Dominik said.

In three seasons under Kelly, the Ducks have reached three BCS games, losing to Auburn on a last-season field goal in the 2010 national championship game.

"I am flattered by the interest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' organization," Kelly said in a statement. "I enjoyed meeting with the Glazer family and General Manager Mark Dominik but after numerous discussions, I concluded that I have some unfinished business to complete at the University of Oregon."

The situation is strikingly familiar to the Bucs coaching search in 1996 when then-Florida coach Steve Spurrier came close to taking the job but remained with the Gators. The Bucs wound up hiring Tony Dungy, whose son, Eric, is now a receiver for Kelly at Oregon.

Kelly secretly met last week with Dominik and several members of the Glazer family which owns the Bucs. Sunday night, the Times confirmed a report by KGW in Portland, Ore., that Kelly was trying to finalize a deal.

Compensation was not a factor in Kelly's decision to remain in Oregon. He signed a six-year agreement with Oregon worth $20.5 million in 2010, an average of just over $3.4 million per season, making him the Pac-10's second highest-paid coach behind USC's Lane Kiffin.

MILLARD HIRED: The Titans hired Keith Millard, a co-defensive line coach with Tampa Bay last season, to coach their pass rush.

Rick Stroud can be reached at [email protected] View his blog at tampabay.com/blogs/bucs.

Comments
Bucs could use another Tony Dungy to spark culture change

Bucs could use another Tony Dungy to spark culture change

TAMPA —  It seems a little odd, but Tony Dungy is just now being installed in the Bucs' Ring of Honor, two years after his bust was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Leave it to his former team.As if it matters to this man. Dungy...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tony Dungy addresses Bucs and tells them the devil is in the details

Tony Dungy addresses Bucs and tells them the devil is in the details

Tony Dungy's team's were known for being disciplined and not beating themselves with penalties and blown assignments. But the ones that reached the postseason or went deep into the playoffs always played the game the right way.When Dungy addressed Bu...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Dungy says 2018 Bucs have talent, but need togetherness

Dungy says 2018 Bucs have talent, but need togetherness

Former Bucs coach Tony Dungy, set to be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor next month, talked with the current team for about 20 minutes on Tuesday morning, stressing the importance of them coming together this season."They have to have that toge...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Tony Dungy on NFL and protests during anthem: Listen to why it matters to players

Tony Dungy on NFL and protests during anthem: Listen to why it matters to players

Tony Dungy says the issue of NFL players protesting during the national anthem has been a divisive topic, but he hopes both sides can come together by listening to why players care enough to choose to protest."We really have to understand what these ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Dungy: Jameis Winston must be a leader for Bucs, all the time

Dungy: Jameis Winston must be a leader for Bucs, all the time

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will miss the first three games of this season while he's suspended, and former Tampa Bay coach Tony Dungy said his focus is what Winston can do to turn his current situation into a positive moving forward."I look at i...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Bucs’ corner injuries press Justin Evans into cameo at nickel

Bucs’ corner injuries press Justin Evans into cameo at nickel

The Bucs continue to be hit hard with injuries at cornerback, and for the third straight practice, starting safety Justin Evans was pressed into a cameo as the team's nickel cornerback on Tuesday."Because we're getting stressed in our depth at corner...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Tony Dungy to enter Bucs’ Ring of Honor

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Tony Dungy to enter Bucs’ Ring of Honor

With Tony Dungy at One Buc Place today for a news conference in advance of his induction into the Bucs' Ring of Honor, Rick Stroud recalls Dungy's tenure as the team's head coach.Dungy established a winning culture in Tampa Bay and led the ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Even bigger: Bucs TE Antony Auclair up to 270 for 2nd NFL season

Even bigger: Bucs TE Antony Auclair up to 270 for 2nd NFL season

A year ago, when Antony Auclair made the Bucs' roster as an undrafted rookie, the Canadian import was already the largest tight end at 6-foot-6 and 256 pounds.That's even more the case now as he heads into his second season with the confidence that c...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Brent Grimes happy to be back, healthy at Bucs practice

Brent Grimes happy to be back, healthy at Bucs practice

Veteran cornerback Brent Grimes had returned to practice in a limited capacity Saturday, but Monday saw him back in 11-on-11 full-squad work for the first time in nearly two weeks."We want Brent Grimes out there. He's our best cover guy, so it's grea...
Published: 08/13/18

Madden 19 predictions: The Bucs are bad, the Browns are good and the world might be ending

You thought the Buccaneers’ playoff drought was going to end last season. Instead, they lost six of their first eight games and limped to a 5-11 finish.If only someone or something had warned you.Actually, something did.A video game.While every...
Published: 08/13/18