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All the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wanted was to find some stability in their defensive secondary, given the injuries to their starting cornerbacks and their safety.

This need prompted quarterback Tom Brady to persuade Richard Sherman to join him.

But after appearing in five games this season, the team ended their season by placing him again in the injured reserve.

NFL players can only return from the injured reserve once per season, and Sherman has already made a comeback after recovering from a calf injury.

Even though he no longer plays, Sherman has valued himself by taking on a coaching role.

This transition can become an audition for a full-time coaching position.

After all, he has the attributes to be a successful defensive back coach.

The accidental trainer

Necessity seems to sum up Sherman’s stint with the Buccaneers.

He became an active player because the Tampa Bay high school starters couldn’t play.

Then his stint as a coach began when their coaches were unable to join the team due to COVID-19.

Mentoring other players has come naturally to him due to specific attributes.

Firstly, he has vast knowledge and experience in the game, so he has yet to see any offensive formation.

This information has helped him point out to his teammates where they should line up against receivers and defend the game.

Second, Sherman is an accomplished player with five All-Pro selections and five Pro Bowl selections.

He’s also led the league in interceptions once and won a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks.

He doesn’t back down from the competition and will know what to do in specific situations.

Likewise, his accolades should help him command respect from Tampa Bay defensive backs.

Finally, he is not afraid to communicate his thoughts, even if they can be harsh.

He will praise or criticize when necessary to get his point across, helping players improve their game.

These three characteristics of Sherman will facilitate a smooth transition to training once he decides to retire as a player.

Difficult road for the buccaneers

It’s good that the Buccaneers find their holders.

Sean Murphy-Bunting and Carlton Davis will bolster the team’s pass defense during the playoffs.

Ross Cockrell and Jamel Dean will also be ready once defensive coordinator Todd Bowles calls their number.

But even if they already have the championship experience from last season, they’ll still need the advice Sherman shares because they can’t help but get out of hand.

The second-seeded Buccaneers face the Philadelphia Eagles during Super Wild Card weekend, and they can’t be complacent as a home team.

While the running game is the Eagles ‘strong point on offense, Tampa Bay defensive backs should not neglect their opponents’ receivers.

DeVonta Smith had 916 receiving yards and five touchdowns during the regular season, while Quez Watkins is an emerging target for Jalen Hurts.

Stopping these two players won’t be easy, but this is where Sherman can help.

As a student of the game, he already knows how to attack the Eagles’ passes.

Once the game is over and they’ve won, it’s back to the drawing board to prepare for another opponent.

This grind won’t be a problem as Sherman appreciates the mental preparation involved.

Richard Sherman moves to a coaching role




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