On Monday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer used words like “exhaustive” and “thorough” when describing their quest for finding a new head coach.
Well, that journey began on Tuesday and the first interviews appear to be lined up.
Multiple reports indicate that the Bucs will be interviewing former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, former Packers and Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman, and current Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.
Gray, who played one season with the Bucs in 1993, spent nine seasons in the NFL as a player. This season – the first with Gray as the DC – the Titans defense ranked 18th in total defense while giving up only 19.8 points per game, which is good for eighth best in the league. However, all indications are that the Bucs are just interviewing Gray to be in compliance with the league’s Rooney Rule, which forces teams to interview minority candidates for coaching positions.
Sherman spent six seasons with the Packers as the head coach from 2000-2005. Bucs fans may remember him well from his spat with defensive tackle Warren Sapp after a Monday Night Football game. During his time in Green Bay, Sherman was 57-39 and he won three NFC North titles.
And then there’s Fisher, whose name has been tossed about for every coaching vacancy. The appeal of Fisher is that he is as steady as they come. With over 30 years of coaching experience between college and the pros – including 16 seasons with the Titans from 1995-2010 – Fisher could be just what this young, undisciplined Bucs team needs.
During his time with the Titans, Fisher had a record of 142-120 and led the team to the playoffs five times, including a trip to the Super Bowl in 1999.
According to various reports, Fisher met with the Miami Dolphins today and may interview with the Bucs as early as tomorrow while he is in Florida.
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