Updated Feb. 17, 2012 @ 6:40 p.m. ET
Greg Schiano finally has found his defensive coordinator.
The Buccaneers announced Friday the hiring of Bill Sheridan as defensive coordinator. The Ohio State University paper, The Lantern, first reported that Sheridan would leave his post as the Buckeyes' defensive backs coach to take on the new role in Tampa. On Jan. 31 Sheridan had accepted the job on Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's staff.
Sheridan spent the past two seasons as the linebackers coach with the Dolphins. He was the Giants' linebackers coach from 2005-08 and the defensive coordinator there in 2009. Sheridan coached with new Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan with the Giants.
"Bill is a great teacher who brings a tremendous understanding of defensive football to the Buccaneers organization," said Schiano. "Over the last three decades, he has had the opportunity to work under some great head coaches like Bo Schembechler, Nick Saban, Lloyd Carr, and Tom Coughlin. His experience and knowledge will be a great benefit to our defensive staff."
According to PFW correspondent and Tampa Tribune writer Roy Cummings, the Bucs confirmed that Bryan Cox will be a defensive assistant. Cox worked with Sheridan in Miami last season.