Several reports are saying that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hiring Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano to be their next head coach, replacing Raheem Morris after the Buccaneers were lifeless the second half of this past season. It is said that Schiano was considered early in the process for Tampa Bay and that a lot of research was done on him before the hire was made. Nonetheless, the news came as a stunner for Rutgers fans and former players.
The hiring of Schiano in Tampa Bay has a slight potential effect on the Browns. As most of us know, there really have not been any rumors about potential offensive coordinators for the Browns. The only two names that have popped up are Brad Childress and Mike Sherman, but there was never a confirmation that they were candidates for the job. Sherman had been a candidate for the Buccaneers' head coaching job, but since he didn't get it, he is now available to seek an offensive coordinator position.
As it turns around, the Miami Dolphins are trying to make quick work to bring in Sherman as their new offensive coordinator (he would replace former Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll). Side note: if anyone saw the preview event of 'Touch' last night, you can see all the connections and cause-and-effect relationships in this post.
I am reporting the Dolphins are hoping to then hire former Green Bay and Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman as the team's offensive coordinator. The connection is that Sherman interviewed twice for the Tampa job and obviously is not the hire at this point, leaving him as a viable candidate in Miami.
It is not a done deal at this hour. Sherman will spend time with head coach Joe Philbin at the team's Davie training facility today. But obviously the prospects of this working are good. Philbin and Sherman are more than collegues. They're friends. Fact is Sherman was Philbin's English teacher back in Philbin's prep school days in 1979. And obviously, Philbin worked for Sherman when Sherman was in Green Bay.
Still, we shouldn't rule Sherman-to-Cleveland out. After all, who isn't thrilled at the confusion that would ensue if people talked about Shurmur and Sherman (the name similarities)?