One Step Closer To The UnthinkableJanuary 24th, 2012
When Team Glazer jettisoned Raheem Morris as Bucs coach, Joe wasn’t too broken up by it. With all the logical and solid candidates on the market, Joe was confident Team Glazer and Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik could land a new coach that could lead them to the postseason.
So when Joe first heard the list of coaches interviewed for the job, Joe hoped it was all an elaborate ruse, that the coach the Bucs would select would not be known to the public.
That nearly happened when Oregon coach Chip Kelly flirted with Team Glazer, only to pull out at the last moment.
So last night when Joe learned from Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune that of all people Mike Sherman — Mike Sherman! — would be brought back for a second interview, Joe wanted to grab a rosary in the hope that a higher authority could persuade the Bucs from making a dire mistake.
Sherman, who declined to comment when reached on Monday, was 57-39 as head coach of the Packers, putting together five straight winning seasons from 2000-04 and leading Green Bay to three consecutive NFC North division titles from 2002-04. More recently, he was fired after going 25-25 in four seasons at Texas A&M.
Bucs officials did not respond to inquiries Monday evening about the Sherman.
If Sherman is hired, Joe would have to shake the thought that he would be a reincarnation of Ray Perkins. Just what does this guy bring to he table that Marty Schottenheimer doesn’t? Or Tom Clements? Or Rob Chudzinski for that matter?
Joe can’t imagine what’s going through Warren Sapp’s mind about now.