Another BSPN Voice Predicts Mike ShermanJanuary 20th, 2012
Earlier today, Joe brought word that ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas claimed of all the known candidates for the opening left by jettisoned head coach Raheem Morris, Mike Sherman was the best candidate.
Add his colleague “The Professor,” John Clayton to the mix.
In speaking with “The Fabulous Sports Babe” yesterday, Clayton said he too thinks the next Bucs coach will be Sherman.
John Clayton: I still think Mike Sherman is the man. He is the opposite of Raheem Morris in that he has experience and he will bring discipline. I think that’s the way it’s going to go. But waiting this long, I thought they were going to get Mike Nolan [as defensive coordinator] but with the options for coordinators dwindling, that is not a good thing.
Fabulous Sports Babe: I get the feeling people around the league feel the Bucs job is not a good job?
Clayton: Mmmm… I don’t know about that. A quarterback a lot of the time makes a job good and the Bucs have one in Josh Freeman. Most good jobs are based on a quarterback. From that standpoint. that makes it a very good job. Is it that much better than St Louis? St. Louis has Sam Bradford and Jeff fisher could come in and take control of his team and maybe hand pick his own general manager. Having a quarterback makes it an attractive job and I believe the Bucs have the quarterback.
Sports Babe: Handpicking the general manager, is that why Fisher didn’t interview here because Mark Dominik was in place?
Clayton: I will be honest, I don’t know that Tampa Bay called. It would be presumptuous of saying Jeff Fisher turned them down. Maybe they were scared of the $7 million price tag and didn’t put him in the mix when they are interviewing former coaches? To my knowledge, they never put in a bid.
Sports Babe: I have a feeling from the fans, because you didnt pursue Fisher, you once again are going on the cheap and looking for a guy begging for a job.
Clayton: Let’s put it this way: what they need to do is to hire a former head coach and get some discipline. They need to go in that direction. Hiring an assistant is taking a stab in the dark. You are going cycles of 40 games. At this stage, Bucs fans need to have something they know whether Mike Sherman and the system he worked with in Green Bay or Marty Schottenheimer and the system that worked in several places. The fans need some certainty. I think Sherman will be a fine hire.