Newsday's Bob Glauber goes the extra yard for the inside scoop on the NFL.
Bucs pick up pieces in coach search
After being spurned by Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who initially agreed to become the Buccaneers head coach but then opted to remain with the Ducks, Tampa has now turned to former Packers and Texas A & M head coach Mike Sherman in a second round of interviews for the vacant position.
The Bucs are expected to interview other candidates who have already spoken to the organization about becoming a replacement for Raheem Morris, who was fired after three seasons as head coach. The Bucs have already interviewed Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, former Vikings coach Brad Childress, former Browns, Chiefs, Redskins and Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer, Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.
Sherman went 57-39 and won three NFL North titles in six seasons with the Packers. He was fired in 2005 after a 4-12 record, the Packers' first losing season since 1991. Sherman was 25-25 in four seasons at Texas A&M, with two bowl appearances.
Kelly was chosen as head coach, but he informed the Bucs at around 5 a.m. Monday that he was staying at Oregon.
"I am flattered by the interest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' organization," Kelly said in a statement. "I enjoyed meeting with the Glazer family and General Manager Mark Dominik but after numerous discussions, I concluded that I have some unfinished business to complete at the University of Oregon."