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Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:48 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 4:15 pm
 

Report: Bucs to hire Bill Sheridan as DC

By Josh Katzowitz

Bill Sheridan hasn’t had much success in the NFL recently, getting fired as the Giants defensive coordinator after the 2009 season and then coaching linebackers on the ill-fated 2011 Dolphins squad.

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Actually,  he was recently hired to Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State, but now, he’s leaving that job to go work for the Buccaneers.

Which is great news for a guy whose squad allowed 427 points, the second-most ever allowed by a Giants squad, in his only year as the defensive coordinator.

The Lantern, Ohio State’s student paper, broke the news and wrote that the school confirmed Sheridan is leaving the Buckeyes program.

Sheridan will join a franchise that now includes Butch Davis as an advisor to Schiano, Mike Sullivan as the offensive coordinator and former 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye as an offensive assistant.

Also, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Bucs also will hire former Dolphins linebacker Bryan Cox as a defensive assistant.

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Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:07 am
 

Schiano hires Raye, another veteran assistant

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By Josh Katzowitz

For those who worried that new Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano would have a tough time transitioning to the pro game after spending the past decade coaching Rutgers, he has continued surrounding himself with veterans to help ease him into his new job.

A couple days after the team officially hired former Browns head coach Butch Davis as an advisor to Schiano, Tampa Bay announced that it has hired Jimmy Raye as a senior offensive assistant.

"With over 30 years of NFL experience, coach Raye has attained a wealth of knowledge that will be an invaluable resource to our coaches and players," Schiano said in a statement released by the team.

Raye has coached for 40 seasons, including 34 in the NFL, and he was the Buccaneers offensive coordinator from 1985-86.  He’s also served as the offensive coordinator for the Rams, Patriots, Chiefs, Redskins, Raiders and 49ers.

So, yeah, the guy has experience putting together NFL offenses (though he won’t be the offensive coordinator for Schiano -- that job has already gone to Mike Sullivan).

But you might recall the last we heard from Raye was when he was the 49ers offensive coordinator in the final season of Mike Singletary’s reign as coach in 2010. The day after Singletary gave Raye a public vote of confidence just three games into the season, Singletary fired him.

So, like Davis (fired from his last two jobs), Raye probably can provide Schiano with guidance, but you have to begin to wonder if Schiano requires that his assistants had to have been fired within the past two years before he'll consider them for a job.

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:07 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 6:07 pm
 

Davis officially hired as Schiano's assistant

Butch Davis has been added to the Tampa Bay payroll. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

The Buccaneers have made official what the rumors have said for the past week or so: former Browns coach Butch Davis has joined the Buccaneers staff to be an assistant to new head coach Greg Schiano.

"Butch has been a close friend and mentor of mine going back to our time together at Miami. I am excited to have his extensive football background and knowledge on board," Schiano said in a statement released by the team.

"He has had success on every level, and I know he will be a huge asset, not only to me, but to the entire Buccaneers organization."

The two worked together when Davis was the head coach at the University of Miami and Schiano was the defensive coordinator. Davis left the job to become the Browns head coach, but he failed there before heading to the University of North Carolina and eventually getting fired last summer.

But in order to help ease Schiano’s transition from Rutgers football to the NFL, Davis probably will add some much-needed advice for Schiano.

"This is a terrific opportunity to be a part of what Coach Schiano is building in Tampa Bay," said Davis. "It is an honor to be here to help Greg and the Buccaneers in any way I can."

So, what will Davis be doing? Well, it’s kind of unclear.

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In the team’s announcement, it said, “In his new role with the Buccaneers, Davis will assist and advise head coach Greg Schiano in a wide range of football aspects.”

What’s interesting about that is, as the Tampa Bay Times wrote about last week, that North Carolina owes Davis $1.7 million in severance from 2013-15.

If Davis takes another coaching job, that payment would disappear.

In this case, since Davis won’t (hypothetically) be an official “assistant coach,” I assume Davis can still collect in full from his former employer.

Now that he’ll be making money as Schiano’s assistant as well, that’s a pretty good payday for a coach who’s been fired from his last two jobs.

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Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:52 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 7:59 pm
 

Report: Schiano hires Butch Davis as assistant

By Josh Katzowitz

Late last month, we told you that new Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano reportedly would hire former Browns coach Butch Davis. We called it a good move, because Davis, formerly at the University of Miami before moving to the NFL, could help ease Schiano’s transition from the Rutgers head coaching job to the pros.

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Now, Foxsports.com is reporting that the Buccaneers hired Davis on Thursday and named him a senior defensive assistant. The Tampa Bay Times, however, writes that the deal is not yet completed.

And what does a senior defensive assistant do? As Alex Marvez writes, “Davis will work closely with new Bucs head coach Greg Schiano and whomever the team ultimately names its defensive coordinator.” The Times also writes the new job could be more of an advisory role for Davis.

Schiano worked as Davis’ defensive coordinator at Miami, so the two obviously have a relationship.

Considering Davis was fired from the University of North Carolina last July, Schiano has provided Davis a nice landing spot to resume his coaching career.

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:33 pm
 

Report: Schiano could tap Butch Davis for help

Greg Schiano will tap Butch Davis to help him coach in Tampa Bay (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

With Greg Schiano taking over the head coaching job in Tampa Bay, don’t be surprised if he brings back oldie-but-goodie Butch Davis to help him with his staff.

That’s the word from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, which writes that since Schiano worked as Davis’ defensive coordinator at the University of Miami and then coached the Browns from 2001-04, he’d be a good sounding board for the former Rutgers head coach.

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It actually makes a bit of sense. Even though Davis ultimately failed in Cleveland, he knows the rigors of going from coaching college football to coaching pro football, and he can possibly help Schiano avoid some of the pitfalls he might have faced.

King also writes about how Patriots coach Bill Belichick helped get Schiano the job, calling Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik and saying that Schiano was NFL-ready. Schiano, I imagine, appreciated the gesture.

"We trust one another,” Schiano told King. "I think we see things the same way -- not schematically, necessarily, but principally.”

One other note from King: Schiano had to miss Joe Paterno’s memorial service last Thursday in order to finalize the Buccaneers deal. Considering Paterno was one of Schiano’s mentors, that was a tough decision for him to make.

"Thursday was one of the most exciting days of my life, getting this job, and also one of the saddest, because I missed Joe's service,'' he said. "I learned so much from Joe. Like, 'The only bad decision is indecision.' I can't tell you how significant a statement that is.”

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