Posted on 18 February 2012.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Friday that Bill Sheridan has been hired as the team’s next defensive coordinator.
The team also confirmed by way of its official Twitter feed that former NFL linebacker Bryan Cox will be added to the team’s defensive coaching staff.
Sheridan, who was the Miami Dolphins’ linebackers coach in the course of the 2010 and 2011 seasons, was hired in January by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer as a defensive assistant. Sheridan was the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator in 2009 right after coaching their linebackers from 2005 to 2008.
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The Giants fired Sheridan after the 2009 season, when the team surrendered 40 or much more points in five distinct games for the very first time considering that 1966.
Sheridan’s earlier coaching expertise had been in the college ranks, which includes stops as an assistant at Michigan (2002-04), Notre Dame (2001), Michigan State (1998-2000), Army (1992-97), Cincinnati (1989-91) and Maine (1987-88).
“Bill is a fantastic teacher who brings a tremendous understanding of defensive football to the Buccaneers organization,” new head coach Greg Schiano stated in a release. “Over the last 3 decades, he has had the opportunity to operate below some fantastic head coaches like Bo Schembechler, Nick Saban, Lloyd Carr and Tom Coughlin. His expertise and expertise will be a excellent benefit to our defensive staff.”
NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora previously reported that the Bucs had been interested in San Francisco 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell for the position, but had been blocked by the 49ers from interviewing Donatell.
Schiano and the Buccaneers also had trouble obtaining an offensive coordinator, according to La Canfora, with the Packers and Cardinals denying them the opportunity to speak with Ben McAdoo and John McNulty, respectively. Tampa Bay sooner or later hired Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan.
Cox spent 12 seasons in the NFL, such as five with the Miami Dolphins, two with the Chicago Bears, three with the New York Jets and one each with the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints. He finished with 51.five sacks and was named to the Pro Bowl 3 times.
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