By Eric Schmidt

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to interview Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer this afternoon, but will the Buccaneers head coaching search start and stop with former Packers head coach Mike Sherman? NFL Network analyst Mike Lombardi suggested during the network’s pregame show on Sunday that the Buccaneers might settle for Mike Sherman as the team’s head coach because of the network of coaches he could bring with him.

Mr. Lombardi suggested that Sherman, 57, would assemble a coaching staff which consisted of Brad Childress as the Buccaneers offensive coordinator and either Mike Nolan or Steve Spagnuolo as the Tampa Bay defensive coordinator. If this theory is going to become a reality, the Buccaneers had better act quickly as teams are filling coaching vacancies with Nolan and Spagnuolo being rumored to be linked to several vacancies.The Buccaneers have already interviewed Brad Childress for the head coaching position.

Last week, a report surfaced that Steve Spagnuolo was going to join the Philadelphia Eagles. While that move might eventually happen, Spagnuolo is now being linked as a possible defensive coordinator for either the Atlanta Falcons or the New Orleans Saints. Nolan, known as a 3-4 defensive coordinator is also linked with these two teams.

I understand the precarious position the Buccaneers front office finds itself, needing to get this hire right, but some action is going to be needed soon. A new head coach will need to fill his staff. A new head coach is going to have to assess the current roster and start looking at which needs are going to be a priority. The NFL Combine starts on February 23rd.

Sherman coached the Green Bay Packers for six seasons, winning three divisional titles while compiling a 57-39 regular season record but only posting a 2-4 playoff record. Most recently, Sherman spent four seasons as the head coach of the Texas A&M club, posting a 25-25 overall record.

The Buccaneers have also received permission to interview Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

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