Sheridan is entering his 25th year of coaching

Originally Published: February 16, 2005
Associated Press

New York Giants: Bill Sheridan, an assistant coach at Michigan for the past three seasons, was hired by the Giants Wednesday as their linebackers coach.

Sheridan replaces Bill Davis, who left after one season to become the defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.

Sheridan, who is entering his 25th year of coaching, spent the last three seasons at Michigan. He was hired as a linebackers coach and switched to the defensive line the last two years.

"Bill has a burning desire to coach in the NFL," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "That was very important to me as I evaluated prospective linebacker coaches. He was very sharp in his interview, and even though he coached the defensive line at Michigan, he talked mostly about the secondary and linebacker play."

Sheridan, 46, began his career at Shrine High School in Royal Oak, Mich. from 1981-84. He was then a graduate assistant at Michigan for two seasons before moving on to Maine, Cincinnati, Army, Michigan State, Notre Dame and then back to Michigan.

Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys filled their last staff vacancy Wednesday with the addition of running backs coach Anthony Lynn.

Lynn, a North Texas native, spent the past two seasons in the same role for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He coached Fred Taylor, who rushed for almost 2,800 yards while Lynn was on staff.

He is the third and final new addition to the 2005 Cowboys coaching staff, which will include former Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni.

Lynn spent six seasons in the NFL, mostly as a special teams player, and was part of the Denver Broncos teams that won the Super Bowl in 1997 and 1998. He later joined the Broncos as an offensive assistant in 2000.

Lynn, 36, was a star running back at Texas Tech from 1988-91 and was born in McKinney, Texas.

Chicago Bears: Don Johnson was named the team's new defensive line coach.

Johnson has spent the past five seasons at UCLA, where he was the defensive line coach in 2001 and the school's recruiting coordinator last year.

The New Jersey native played college ball at Jersey City State and later played for the New Jersey Generals of the USFL.

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