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Sherman close to landing Bucs gig, Chilly as OC?

Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:10 pm
Could Sherman and Chilly wind up in Tampa together? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Buccaneers are currently searching for a head coach and as's Clark Judge reported on Friday, they want a disciplinarian first and foremost.

Which is why it makes sense for the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora to report Sunday that Tampa Bay is closing in on Mike Sherman as their choice to take over for the recently-fired Raheem Morris.

LaCanfora reports that Sherman is "well-positioned" to land the gig and that "a decision could be announced this week."

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Sherman was mentioned as a possible candidate for the Rams gig, but his interview with the Bucs last week apparently went well and he fits the profile for what they want (read: the opposite of Morris.)

And LaCanfora has an interesting possibility for a member of Sherman's staff too: former Vikings head coach Brad Childress, who's been out of coaching since being relieved of his duties in Minnesota in 2010.

Though Sherman and Childress haven't worked together previously, they do come from the same coaching tree. Chilly came up under Andy Reid, who came up under Mike Holmgren, who hired Sherman as an offensive assistant in both Green Bay and Seattle.

Both run the West Coast offense and Childress helping Josh Freeman bounce back from a bad 2011 would help people remember his success as OC with the Eagles again, instead of the failures in Minnesota.

LaCanfora "wouldn't be surprised" if Childress landed in Tampa as an assistant but also notes that the Browns, who are searching for an offensive coordinator with West-Coast history, are a possible landing spot for Childress as well.

Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur left the Eagles (where he succeeded Chilly as quarterbacks coach) to be offensive coordinator with the Rams before taking the head-coaching job in St. Louis, so either landing spot is absolutely a viable possibility.

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Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:42 pm

Sherman close to landing Bucs gig, Chilly as OC?

Dommer20, Favre did what he wanted to do. Don't try to tell us that he was following Shermans instructions. 

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:54 pm

Sherman close to landing Bucs gig, Chilly as OC?

The problem with Childress when he coaches the Vikings was that he didnt even have mandatory meetings and some players would skip practice without punishment. He is a decent OC but not a good Head Coach. Sherman will fit in good in Tampa especially because he could be able to get the ball outta Freemans hands quicker and have a blunt force runner in Blount. The Bucs D is their biggest problem. This is a young team especially offense which growing pains were to be expected. If Sherman can bring a hurry up offense to the Bucs they should be alright, but if they cant fix the holes in defense they will stay at the bottom of the NFC/NFL.

Since: Oct 5, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:35 pm

Sherman close to landing Bucs gig, Chilly as OC?

I feel bad for the future of the Bucaneers. There is no more passive of a head coach as Sherman. All he likes to run is little dump off passes to the Running Backs. When Sherman coached the Packers he would run his dumb little short routes and not even have the recievers run across the First Down marker. The Packers had people like Brett Farve, Donald Driver, and Javon Walker. Give me a break, they should've been throwing the deep ball every damn play. The only time the Packers shined under him was when Brett was running the hurry up and calling his own plays so Sherman didn't have a voice in the play they ran.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:27 pm

Sherman close to landing Bucs gig, Chilly as OC?

I don't care what people say about Brad Childress I like him even though a lot of people may say he is a jerk. I hope the Sherman - Childress thing happens. I am glad to see both these guys resurface back in to the NFL.

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