Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan will be returning to his hometown of Detroit to become the Lions’ linebackers coach, the team announced Friday.
He’ll work under new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who was the secondary coach in Baltimore and worked with new head coach Jim Caldwell at Penn State and Wake Forest.
Sheridan served as defensive coordinator in Tampa Bay for two seasons under Greg Schiano. While he helped the Bucs to the league’s top-ranked run defense in 2012, giving up just 82.5 rushing yards per game. That same unit gave up more passing yards (297.375) than any other team in the league.
This season, the Bucs finished 17th in total defense, surrendering an average of 237.875 yards through the air (17th) and 110.1 yards on the ground (15th) per game.
He drew ire from fans this season after issuing a challenge to those who “thought they could do better,” inviting them to come to One Buc Place to help with game planning.
Prior to his time with the Bucs, Sheridan was the linebackers coach for the Dolphins (2010-2011) and the Giants (2005-2008). He served once season as defensive coordinator in New York (2009), where the Giants gave up 40 points five times that season before his dismissal.