Bucs reach out to Mike Sherman

TAMPA, Fla. -- As expected, one of the first coaching candidates the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reaching out to is Mike Sherman.

ESPN’s John Clayton reports that the Bucs have made contact with Sherman and are working to schedule an interview in the next few days.

Sherman, 57, most recently was the head coach at Texas A&M and was fired Dec. 1. But Sherman also has extensive NFL experience. He was head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 2000 through 2005 and was an assistant with the team before that. He also worked as an assistant with the Houston Texans before taking the Texas A&M job in 2008.

Sherman went 57-39 in his six seasons in Green Bay and his stint included five consecutive winning seasons. Sherman also uses the same agent as Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik, who is heading the coaching search.

The Buccaneers fired coach Raheem Morris on Monday. In the NFL, teams often go in the opposite direction after firing a coach and Sherman is quite opposite Morris, who was only 35, came from a defensive background and wasn’t known as a disciplinarian.

Sherman comes with an extensive offensive background, which is important to the Bucs, who want to get quarterback Josh Freeman back on track. He also is known for expecting his players to stay clear of trouble and has strong organizational skills.