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Reaction To the Coordinator Hires


In the past week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought in former Giants QB coach Mike Sullivan as offensive coordinator and former Giants DC Mike Sheridan as defensive coordinator

My main reaction to these hirings: two coaches that don’t have a real “sizzle” factor. But these are two strong, experienced coaches. which means their success will ultimately hinge on personnel.

Ostensibly all that you need to know is that Mike Sullivan was good enough for Tom Coughlin, Bill Sheridan wasn’t, but Sheridan had no problem getting jobs with Tony Sparano and Urban Meyer.

Sullivan coached Eli Manning to his second Super Bowl and second Super Bowl MVP. Sullivan, a former defensive coach, implemented practice techniques like having Eli run away from three defenders, then throw off-balance.

Sheridan was defensive coordinator for the injury-ravaged 2009 Giants defense, who were ranked 30th with 427 points allowed. One could argue they had more crucial injuries than the 2011 Giants did (who gave up 400 points, placing 26th).

In 2009, Chris Canty (8 games), Antonio Pierce (7 games), Kenny Phillips (14 games), and Aaron Ross (12 games) were all out multiple games.

One of the best things about the hires is that each coordinator will have an even more seasoned coach to rely on: Jimmy Raye on offense, Butch Davis on defense.

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