There's no doubt that starting the season 0-2 at Kyle Field is not the way Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman envisioned his first month in Aggieland. But after more than three decades of coaching, not much surprises Sherman anymore.
"When you've been coaching as long as I have, you've been through it before," he said. "I'm confident in our plan. I am confident in what we're doing, how we're doing it. If you watch us practice, if you watch us coach, (the players) know what we're doing as well."
While it may not provide much comfort to fans shelling out hundreds of dollars to watch the Aggies play each week, Sherman added that he is seeing improvement in several areas—some of which are not visible to the average fan.
"There were so many areas where we made improvement on. I want to continue to build on that in this ball game (against Army)," Sherman said. "We need to sustain drives and finish drives offensively. We relied a lot on the explosive play in this ball game—which is fine, we haven't had a lot of that before this game—but we've got to be able to nickel and dime it down the field as well."
Defensively, Sherman said that the Aggies must improve their tackling, which has cost them several big plays in the first three games of the season.
But despite all of the early-season trials the Aggies are going through on the field, Sherman said he wants his players to know that they're not in this alone.
"We're in this thing together. I made my share of mistakes as well," Sherman said. "If we keep pounding and keep working, we're going to get out of this rut that we're in. There were some good things we can take from this ball game and build on it.
"I thought we played tough, we were physical, we competed, but we weren't very smart. I do think they gave great effort throughout the ball game and I thought they did a nice job of that. The sideline was alive the entire ball game. From a personality standpoint I was pleased with that."
But giving up 14 points "on a silver platter" is not Sherman's idea of smart football.
"It's hard enough to deal with (Miami) without giving them points," he said.
Sherman, who is working his way back into the groove of college football after more than a decade in the NFL, said that while he hates losing, he enjoys being able to teach the life lessons that come from struggling to college players.
"I told them these are tough times. These are times that will identify you as a man and how you handle yourself," he said. "These are the lessons as a coach, especially in college football is where you can take the game and apply it to their lives. How we handle it (in football) and how you handle it (in life). The disappointment, the frustration the anxiety that you face—how are you going to handle it?"
That's the question on everyone's mind.
Sherman still confident in his plan
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