Apparently Seattle Seahawks wide receivers coach Nolan Cromwell made a lasting impression on Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman during their three years together. Now it appears that the two may be working together once again at Texas A&M.
Cromwell is rumored to be a leading candidate to take over as offensive coordinator for the Aggies as Sherman continues to build his staff with a mixture of coaches from the NFL and college ranks.
Sherman spent two seasons working alongside Cromwell during their time in Green Bay. When Mike Holmgren took over as head coach and general manager of the Seattle Seahawks in 1999, both Sherman was Cromwell made the trip to the west coast as well.
Cromwell served as wide receivers coach under Sherman, who was Holmgren's offensive coordinator for one year in Seattle before returning to Green Bay as head coach in 2000.
Over the last 17 seasons, Cromwell has served as an assistant coach in the NFL, and has served as the wide receivers coach for Mike Holmgren's Seattle Seahawks since 1999.
The Seahawks were the No. 8 passing team in the NFL this year, totaling 3,964 passing yards. NFL veteran Bobby Engram led the Seahawks in receiving yards this year with 1,147 yards and six touchdowns (12.2 ypc). Nate Burleson led the team with nine touchdown receptions and posted 694 receiving yards of his own (13.9 ypc).
The Seahawks may have caused more damage through the air with a healthy lineup, but Super Bowl XXXIX MVP Deion Branch, who signed with Seattle heading into the 2006 season, only played in 11 games in 2007, posting 661 yards and four touchdowns (13.5 ypc).
In 2002, Cromwell's receivers helped set franchise records for most 300-yard (5) and 400-yard (2) passing games and in 2003 helped quarterback Matt Hasselbeck set a franchise record with 3,841 passing yards.
In 1998, while still in Green Bay, Cromwell Packers' wide receivers under Mike Holmgren, after serving as special teams coach from 1992-97.
Cromwell's receiving corps that year included Pro Bowl standout Antonio Freeman who established career-highs leading the NFL with 1,424 yards on 84 receptions. Overall, the Packers passing game accounted for 33 touchdowns that year, while helping guide the team to a sixth-consecutive postseason appearance.
Before taking over the wide receivers in 1998, Cromwell coached Green Bay's special teams units, which boasted one of the league's most feared punt return teams. The Packers were No. 1 in the NFL in 1996 with a 15.1-yard return average, and led the league by scoring 24 points, and adding another two touchdowns in the postseason en route to a Super Bowl XXXI victory.
One of Cromwell's players was honored as Special Teams Player of the Week on five different weekends during the 1996 season.
Return man Desmond Howard was voted MVP of Super Bowl XXXI that year as well with 244 return yards against New England, including a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that sealed the victory for Green Bay.
Cromwell has coached in three Super Bowls during his 17-year coaching career.
As a player, Cromwell was a second-round draft choice by the Rams in 1977, and played his entire 11-year career for Los Angeles, earning four Pro Bowl berths, an NFC Defensive Player of the Year award (Kansas City Committee of 101) in 1980, and an NFL Defensive Back of the Year award (Football Digest) in 1984.
He ended his Rams career as the team's all-time leader in interception return yardage with 671 yards on 37 picks. He was also a member of the Rams' Super Bowl XIV team following the 1979 season.
He was also an All-American wishbone quarterback at Kansas, where he established an NCAA single-game rushing record for quarterbacks with 294 yards as a junior, after playing safety his first two collegiate seasons.
With no collegiate coaching experience, Cromwell will have to learn the ropes as far as recruiting is concerned, but after coaching players like Branch and Joey Galloway and Antonio Freeman, and going to three Super Bowls—winning one Super Bowl ring—that may not be too hard.
Cromwell reuniting with Sherman in Aggieland?
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