The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have whiffed on Chip Kelly yesterday, but they're moving forward with their coaching search. According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times the Bucs will bring in Mike Sherman for a second interview. Sherman was one of the first coaches they interviewed when the coaching search started, and he is apparently a finalist for the job.
As a veteran NFL head coach, Mike Sherman would bring some credibility to the locker room, he has a reputation as a disciplinarian and he knows what it takes to win in the NFL. While his stint as Texas A&M's head coach didn't lead to great success, he went 57-39 as the Green Bay Packers' head coach and won three straight division titles. He also has the connections to put together a quality coaching staff. Overall, Mike Sherman would be a solid but unspectacular hire for the Bucs.
With Mike Sherman coming in for a second interview, it seems the Bucs are moving into the final phase of their head coaching search. The Bucs have interviewed a number of candidates that we know of, and are likely to choose among those coaches. Those candidates include Rob Chudzinski, Mike Zimmer, Jerry Gray, Tom Clements, Brad Childress and Marty Schottenheimer. Don't be shocked if the Buccaneers manage to find a surprise candidate, however.
Related: Mike Sherman coaching profile