Giants reunited with Sullivan, Sheridan

September, 13, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' new coaching staff is very familiar with the New York Giants' way of thinking.

Former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano has Mike Sullivan running his offense and Bill Sheridan orchestrating the defense. Sullivan was Eli Manning's position coach for the past two seasons before leaving for Tampa. Prior to those two seasons, Sullivan was the wide receivers coach from 2004 to '09.

Sheridan was the Giants' defensive coordinator in 2009 and the linebackers coach from 2005 to '08. Schiano says he has tried following Giants coach Tom Coughlin's blueprint for success to a certain degree.

"Well, it’s been very helpful," Schiano said of the Giants' influence on the two coordinators. "I can tell you there’s a lot of Giant imprint on our program, and a lot of coach Coughlin imprint on our program.

"I kept looking at Coach Coughlin’s way of doing things, and there are a lot of things that we mimic from a scheduling point and training camp standpoint, and all those things."

Defensive end Justin Tuck knows Sullivan can disguise the Tampa offense to look like the Giants' scheme, but the coach adds a few surprises.

"Even though it is a similar offense, Sully is going to have some tricks to keep us off rhythm," Tuck said. "Give us some looks that we see from our offense every day and do something different. We know he will throw some wrinkles."

"He is going to throw some things in there that is going to look exactly like something on our team but give you a completely different reality."

Schiano said he certainly will lean on Sullivan for any insight he can give on Manning's tendencies.

"That would be foolish not to," Schiano said. "He’s been a big help, but on the flip side, the Giants know what’s inside of his brain. It goes both ways.

"There are a lot of similarities with our offenses, but they’re different players that are doing it," he added. "Eli is so far along in the process of being in that offense, where Josh [Freeman] is so new to this offense. So there’s a whole bunch of differences, but a bunch of similarities as well."

Coughlin wasn't revealing much Wednesday on how he may deal with Tampa Bay being so familiar with the Giants.

"They’ve both been here; they’ve both been in our system," said Coughlin, who replaced Sheridan with Perry Fewell and promoted Sean Ryan to quarterbacks coach. "Mike Sullivan of recent date, obviously. He did an outstanding job for us. Good, sharp, young coach. Bill Sheridan was here with our defensive staff. They both know the way we operate; they both know somewhat of our terminology. We’re aware of that."
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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