In a move that means very little, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Bill Sheridan to be their defensive coordinator (according to Ohio State newspaper, The Lantern). I say this means nothing because Sheridan will be working under Butch Davis, the “senior defensive assistant,” as opposed to designing and running the defense on his own.
Davis will be the one largely responsible for designing the defense and making the week-to-week adjustments throughout the year in conjunction with Greg Schiano. But as we mentioned, due to Davis’ contract he cannot coach on game-days. That essentially means that Sheridan will be Butch Davis’ mouthpiece on Sundays. He becomes Butch Davis by proxy.
This is a good thing because Sheridan would make a truly lousy hire if he were on his own. He was fired as the defensive coordinator of the Giants in his only year in the role, prior to that he has NFL experience as a linebackers coach (also in New York) in addition to extensive college experience.
But on his own, to hand the defense over to him would be patently irresponsible. That isn’t what the Bucs intend to do though. Make no mistakes about it, he’s now a part of the triumvirate.
Sheridan had recently accepted a position to coach Ohio State’s defense under Urban Meyer.
The Bucs have now hired the majority of their staff, Mike Sullivan will run the offense while Greg Schiano, Butch Davis and now Bill Sheridan will work on the defense.
Now Tampa can turn its attention to finalizing its staff and scouting for free agency and the draft.