Sunday, November 25, 2007

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CLEVELAND ― After the Texans' 27-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns, Mike Sherman refused to comment on reports that he is a leading candidate to be named the next head coach at Texas A&M and could be hired this week.

Sherman, who is the Texans' assistant head coach/offensive coordinator, didn't leave the coaches dressing room for almost an hour after the game.

When asked for a comment on reports that he could replace Dennis Franchione, Sherman said, "We just lost a football game, and that's on my mind."

As Sherman walked to the Texans' bus, vice president of communications Tony Wyllie walked next to him and repeatedly told reporters, "He's not going to comment."

Before disappearing around the corner, Sherman said, "That's pretty evident, isn't it?" about continuing to refuse to comment.

Owner Bob McNair and coach Gary Kubiak had no problems commenting on Sherman.

"First, let me say that we don't want to lose Mike because he's a terrific coach," McNair said. "But I think A&M could search for a long time and not find a candidate better than Mike Sherman.

"We would highly recommend Mike for the job, and we'd wish him the best."

The Aggies don't have to ask the Texans for permission to interview Sherman. When asked if he knew anything about Sherman being interviewed, McNair said, "I wouldn't know anything about that. I wouldn't want to get in the middle of anything like that."

Sherman was an assistant coach under R.C. Slocum two times during the 1990s. If he goes to A&M, the Texans would expect him to coach their offense through the end of the season while working on his new duties during what little free time he has.

Last year, offensive coordinator Troy Calhoun was hired by Air Force but remained with the Texans until the season ended.

"I'll do anything I can to help Mike," Kubiak said.

Asked about reports that Sherman could be getting the job, Kubiak said, "I know nothing about that."

When asked if he would know if Sherman had already interviewed for the job, Kubiak said, "I would hope that I would."
Mike Sherman
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Mike Sherman
Date of birth December 19, 1954 (1954-12-19) (age 52)
Place of birth Norwood, Massachusetts
Position(s) Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
College Central Connecticut State
Career Highlights
Career Record 59-43-0 (Overall)
57-39-0 (Regular season)
2-4-0 (Postseason)
Team(s) as a coach/administrator




2006-Present Texas A&M
Offensive Line Coach
Green Bay Packers
Tight Ends Coach
Seattle Seahawks
Offensive Coordinator
Green Bay Packers
Head Coach
Houston Texans
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Michael Francis Sherman (born December 19, 1954 in Norwood, Massachusetts) is an American football coaching assistant, currently serving as offensive coordinator of the NFL's Houston Texans. He was the former general manager and head coach of the Green Bay Packers from the 2000 season to the 2005 season.

1 Early life
2 Coaching career
2.1 Early career
2.2 Green Bay Packers
2.2.1 General Manager
2.3 Houston Texans
2.3.1 Texas A&M rumors
3 Coaching history
4 Head coaching record
5 References
6 External links

Early life
Sherman was raised in Northborough, Massachusetts, where he attended Algonquin Regional High School. Sherman played defensive end and offensive tackle at Central Connecticut State University. He and his wife, Karen, have five children: daughters Sarah, Emily and Selena, and sons Matthew and Benjamin.

Coaching career

Early career
Sherman's coaching career began in 1981-82, when he was a part-time coach at the University of Pittsburgh. From there, he moved on to Tulane, where he coached the offensive line in 1983-84, and then to Holy Cross, where he also coached offensive line in 1985-87 before being named offensive coordinator in 1988.

He spent seven years in College Station as the Texas A&M offensive line coach from 1989-93 and 1995-96, where he met current Texans head coach Gary Kubiak during the 1992-93 seasons. Between those times, Sherman spent the 1994 season as the offensive line coach for UCLA.

Sherman's first coached in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers from 1997-98, when he was the tight ends/assistant offensive line coach. Sherman followed Mike Holmgren to the Seattle Seahawks to become the offensive coordinator for the 1999 season.

Green Bay Packers
Sherman became Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers in 2000. Until his hiring, he had never been a head coach at any level. Sherman guided the team to five winning seasons in six years. From 2002-2004, Sherman led the Green Bay Packers to three consecutive NFC North division titles. His .663 winning percentage (53-27) over his first five years was second only to Vince Lombardi in Packers history. Green Bay and the Philadelpia Eagles were the only team to make the playoffs 4 straight years between 2001 and 2004.

In spite of receiving a contract extension earlier in the season, Sherman was fired on January 2, 2006, after the Packers finished with a 4-12 record. The 2005 the Packers lost Pro Bowlers Javon Walker, Bubba Franks and Ahman Green to Injured Reserved early in the season.

In his six year head coaching career with the Packers, Sherman compiled a 57-39 regular season record and a 2-4 postseason record.

An offensive minded coach - the Packers broke franchise records for Rushing in 2003 and Passing in 2004. In 2003 Brett Favre led the NFL in Touchdown passes in addition to setting a franchise record for rushing yardage.

General Manager
Sherman succeeded Ron Wolf as General Manager of the Packers in 2001, taking on the dual role as Head Coach and GM. Although the decision was made prior to the 2001 NFL draft, Wolf was at the controls for the draft that year. Sherman was responsible for the following three drafts (2002-2004). Sherman drafted many of the core players the Packers are playing with in 2007. He drafted Nick Barnett, Aaron Kampman, Corey Williams, and Scott Wells. He also traded for Cornerback Al Harris. Sherman's 1st draft pick was Javon Walker who made the Pro Bowl in 2004, was traded to the Denver Broncos by Ted Thompson in 2006. In 2005 the Packers hired Ted Thompson from the Seattle Seahawks to take over Sherman's General Manager duties, although Sherman remained the Packers' head coach.

Houston Texans
The Houston Texans hired Sherman as assistant head coach/offense on February 15, 2006. On January 17, 2007, he was named offensive coordinator, but still remained as assistant head coach.

Texas A&M rumors
Though Sherman is rumored to be the potential replacement of Dennis Franchione at Texas A&M,[1][2][3] Sherman refused to comment on such rumors.[4]


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