Buccaneers' staff adds more NFL flavor

February, 17, 2012
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At long last, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a defensive coordinator.

The team reportedly has hired Bill Sheridan, who recently had been hired by Urban Meyer as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator. But Sheridan is jumping to the Bucs before he even coached a game with the Buckeyes.

This is a big move for Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano, who had been unsuccessful in pursuing several candidates for the position. Although Schiano has taken some criticism for having a staff dominated by his former assistants at Rutgers, the hiring of Sheridan gives him another coach with deep NFL ties.

Sheridan had been the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants in 2009. Prior to that, he was linebackers coach in New York for four seasons. He was linebackers coach for the Miami Dolphins in 2010.

The Bucs also reportedly have hired former NFL linebacker Bryan Cox as a defensive assistant. The addition of Sheridan and Cox gives Schiano’s staff a stronger NFL flavor. In addition to his Rutgers assistants, Schiano also has hired former Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan as offensive coordinator. He’s added former NFL head coach Butch Davis as a special assistant and long-time NFL assistant Jimmy Raye as a senior offensive assistant.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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