What should you expect of Sherman's offense?

His offenses continually improved each and every year during his first five seasons at Green Bay. So why was Mike Sherman fired after one bad season filled with injuries in 2005? Your guess is as good as Brett Favre's. Aggie Websider takes a look at Sherman's offense in Green Bay to try and get a glimpse of what Aggie fans can expect in 2008.

No one knows exactly what the Texas A&M offense will look like in 2008 under new head coach Mike Sherman. But what we do know is what his offense looked like during his tenure as head coach at Green Bay, where he assembled one of the top offensive units in the league.

Through his first three years at Green Bay, the offense was somewhat average while he installed his system and gathered the personnel necessary to make it work.

In his first season at Green Bay in 2000, the Packers compiled 5259 total yards and were the No. 21 rushing team in the NFL (1643 yards, 102.7 ypg) and the No. 10 passing offense in the league (3916 yards, 244.8 ypg). That unit was also not extremely efficient at scoring, averaging just 22.1 points per game, which was good enough for No. 11 in the NFL.

But in 2001, Sherman's system began to make its mark, averaging 24.4 points per game (No. 5 scoring offense in the NFL) and finishing the season at 12-4, just one game shy of the NFC Central Division Championship.

Brett Favre was No. 3 in yardage and No. 2 in the league with 23 touchdown passes, nine of which were to tight end Bubba Franks, which tied for fifth in the NFL for touchdown receptions. Ahman Green was the No. 4 running back in the league that year as well with 1387 yards and nine touchdowns of his own.

All three players were pro-bowl selections from an offensive unit that produced zero pro-bowlers in 2000 thanks somewhat to Sherman's offensive scheme and attention to detail that took an extremely talented group of players to another level.

"Meticulous is an understatement when you talk about Mike, he covers all angles," said Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre. "Great work ethic, very personable and excellent community relations, you want to talk about a player's coach-he is it."

In 2002, the scoring offense continued to improve for Sherman and company, even if the Packers weren't racking up the total yardage numbers that they had posted in 2001. The Pack averaged 24.9 points per game and won the first of three straight NFC North Division Titles, finishing the season at 12-4 for the second consecutive year.

Favre, Green and Franks were all selected to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive year, and wide receiver Donald Driver and offensive lineman Marco Rivera were selected from Sherman's offense as well.

By Sherman's fourth season in Green Bay in 2003, the Packers were an offensive machine. They were No. 4 in the league in total offense, averaging 362.4 yards per game, with the No. 3 rushing offense in the NFL. Ahman Green was the No. 2 in the league in both rushing yardage and rushing touchdowns with 1883 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns for the season.

Brett Favre led the NFL with 32 passing touchdowns, and led the Packers to a 10-6 record and their second straight NFC North Division Title

Favre, Green, Franks and Rivera each returned to the Pro Bowl, joined by offensive lineman Mike Flanagan, who now plays under Sherman with the Houston Texans.

In 2004, it was a lot of the same for Sherman and the Packers. They finished 10-6 for the second year in a row and won the NFC North title.

The Packers were the No. 3 offense in the NFL, averaging 397.3 yards per game and No. 5 in the league in scoring, averaging 26.5 points per game.

Favre led the Packers to the No. 3 passing offense in the league, averaging 278.1 yards per game through the air, but he did not earn a Pro Bowl berth.

Wide receiver Javon Walker was selected to the Pro Bowl that year, along with Green, who made his fourth straight appearance, and Rivera, who was selected for the third straight season.

In 2005, the Packers suffered a slew of injuries that derailed the season from the start and ultimately cost Sherman his job.

"He did a great job for us here at Green Bay, we had a lot of good years and I was a little shocked when the club went in a different direction," Favre said.

In four of Sherman's first five season with Green Bay, he had at least three offensive starters play in the Pro Bowl, and in two of those seasons, he had five offensive players make it to Hawaii.

Sherman's offense scored lost of points behind those pro-bowlers in the first five years at Green Bay. From 2001-2004, the Packers were one of the top-six scoring teams in the NFL every year, finishing as high as No. 3 in that time span.

What makes it even more impressive is the fact that he adapted to his team and didn't always do it the same way.

In 2001, the Packers were the No. 4 team in the league at throwing the ball, but was the No. 21 rushing offense. But in 2003, the Packers were the No. 3 rushing team in the league, averaging 159.9 yards per game, while Favre and Co. were the No.16 passing unit in the league.

But it didn't matter, the end result was the same—the Packers moved the ball and they scored points, which should give Aggie fans reason to be excited.

"I think the world of Mike Sherman and I think he will do a great job at Texas A&M," Favre said. "I know he loved being at Texas A&M because he talked about it a lot. With the great facilities and great fans at Texas A&M, I expect him to do very well."

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