Bill Sheridan

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Bill Sheridan
Detroit Lions
Position: Linebackers coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1959-01-27) January 27, 1959 (age 58)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Career information
High school: Detroit (MI) De La Salle
College: Grand Valley State
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Coaching stats at PFR

Bill Sheridan (born January 27, 1959) is an American football coach who is currently the linebackers coach for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). Sheridan was previously the defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was also a coach for a number of college teams, including Notre Dame and Michigan State. From 2005 to 2008 he was the linebackers coach for the NFL's New York Giants. In 2009, he was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants.

Personal life[edit]

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sheridan earned four letters as a linebacker at Grand Valley State University. He graduated from De La Salle Collegiate High School in Detroit.

Sheridan and his wife, Jaycine, have four children: Joe, Nick, Mark and Natalie. Nick was a quarterback at the University of Michigan from 2008–2009, and is currently a Graduate Assistant/QB Coach for The University of Tennessee. His son, Mark, is a Graduate Assistant at the University of Arkansas.

Coaching career[edit]

Sheridan's coaching career began in 1981 in Shrine High School in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he was the football coach until 1984.[1] In 1987 he moved to the college level and became the linebacker coach for Maine, followed by Cincinnati and Army.[1] In 1996, he shifted to defensive line coach at West Point.[1] He had been on Lloyd Carr’s staff at the University of Michigan the previous three years before his stint with the Giants, serving as both the linebackers coach and then as coach of the defensive line.

Prior to being the defensive coordinator he was the Giants linebackers coach. Sheridan replaced Steve Spagnuolo after he left to take the head coaching position with the St. Louis Rams. Sheridan had been the linebackers coach for the Giants for the previous four seasons after his hiring in 2005. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin promoted Sheridan over secondary coach Peter Giunta. He was fired on January 4, 2010, after the Giants defense slipped as the team dropped 8 of their last 11 games and allowed 40 points on five different occasions, a franchise record.[2]

On January 19, 2010, Sheridan was hired by the Miami Dolphins to coach their inside linebackers.[3]

On February 17, 2012, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Sheridan as their defensive coordinator. He was relieved of his duties on January 2, 2014.

On January 1, 2014, Sheridan agreed to become the linebackers coach for the Detroit Lions.[4]

In June, 2016, Sheridan was named to Sports Illustrated's Dream Coaching Team for the NFL for Linebackers.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Bill Sheridan". Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Garafolo, Mike (4 January 2010). "NY Giants Fire Defensive Coordinator Bill Sheridan". Newark Star-Ledger. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sheridan to coach Dolphins' ILBs". ESPN. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Lions add Bill Sheridan to defensive staff". Detroit Lions. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
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