The Tampa Bay Times confirmed yesterday that former Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M Aggies head coach MIke Sherman has been invited back to Tampa for a second interview. So far, Sherman is the only known candidate to receive a second interview, making it look more and more likely he will be named the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Which, would obviously take him out of the running to be the Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator. Sherman and new Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin worked together in Green Bay, as well as both being on the staff together at Tulane. They are close friends, and Sherman was thought to be Philbin's top offensive coordinator candidate.
Of course, the Buccaneers also thought they were close to naming Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly as their new head coach over the weekend, only to have Kelly walk away. And, Sherman being the only candidate know to be invited for a second interview, doesn't mean he was the only one asked back. No one knew Kelly had been interviewed, until it leaked that the team was close to signing him. They very easily could have other candidates in mind.
But, either way, Sherman looks to be a finalist, at least, for the job. The Bucs, however, have not called any of the other candidates they have interviewed, to inform them that they are no longer under consideration, according to the Times' report.
"Given all those scenarios," states the Times' story, "the one that makes the most sense is that there is a strong chance Mike Sherman will be the Bucs next head coach. At 57, he is an experienced, grizzled NFL and college head coach with an offensive background. He won four NFC North titles in six seasons and his undoing was his failure controlling personnel decisions. Sherman also would have the ability to put together a pretty good coaching staff, which is just as critical to the Bucs success."
As the head coaching search in Tampa Bay continues, the final decision could change the direction the Miami Dolphins go in their search for an offensive coordinator. Now it's time to wait and see what happens on the Gulf Coast.