Mike Sherman No. 1January 20th, 2012
The initial list of candidates the Bucs gathered to fill the void left by jettisoned coach Raheem Morris, it raised more than an eyebrow or two.
The list even moved Joe’s good friend, the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620, to say the known candidates “make me want to puke.”
Since, the Bucs have widened their net and interviewed assistants such as Mike Zimmer, Joe Philbin and Tom Clements.
But despite this, Pat Yasinskas of ESPN is unmoved. He still likes one candidate from the original list and believes that the best choice for Team Glazer and Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik would be Warren Sapp’s confidant, Mike Sherman.
1. Mike Sherman. Even before Morris was fired, Sherman’s name was tied to this job. Part of it was due to the fact Sherman uses the same agent as general manager Mark Dominik, who undoubtedly is going to have a big say in this hire. The Bucs want a cohesive relationship between their front office and the coaching staff and all indications are Sherman and Dominik would work well together.
But there are more reasons why Sherman remains No. 1 on my list. The first is that he’s almost exactly the opposite of Morris in just about every way and that appears to be what the Bucs want. Sherman is 57 with lots of experience. Although his most recent job was a lackluster tenure at Texas A&M, he has been an NFL head coach before. A lot of people tend to forget Sherman’s time in Green Bay was pretty productive.
He produced a winning record in five of his six seasons. He comes from an offensive background and I think that scores points with the Bucs. Tampa Bay needs quarterback Josh Freeman, who it wants to be the foundation of the franchise, back on track after a disappointing 2011 season.
Yazinskas went on to write that another attribute Sherman has is that he is a “strong disciplinarian.”
While Joe totally gets the need to work with Freeman, if that is the case, why not choose Clements? Everywhere the man went he has developed quarterbacks. His track record is undisputed. Good Lord, he even transformed Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox (!) into Pro Bowl signal-callers. Imagine what he could do with Freeman?
If you are just looking for an old coach who brings discipline, why not a guy who wins games no matter where he was, Marty Schottenheimer?