Jets hire Michigan's Herrmann to coach LB's

It was a perfect compromise for Jim Herrmann and the University of Michigan.

The Michigan alumni and reporters were breathing down the neck of Wolverine's football coach Lloyd Carr to fire Herrmann, his long-time defensive coordinator.

But Carr is not a coach who lets the public dictate his decision making.

So when an opportunity came along for Herrmann to join the Jets staff as linebacker coach, it was a smooth exit for the embattled assistant.

Herrmann could get out of Ann Arbor, and Carr could make a change without it seeming like he was appeasing outsiders.

"It's an exciting move," said Herrmann, about joining the Jets staff. "[Coaching in the NFL] is something I've wanted to do for a while.

Carr claims he never would have fired Herrmann.

"(Herrmann) is a great football coach and a great person," said Carr. "I hate to lose him, but it's something he has wanted to do. He's got a great career in front of him, and he'll do a great job in the NFL, just as he did at Michigan."

While Herrmann became a "whipping boy" for fans and reporters in 2005, during and after the Wolverine's 7-5 season, their worst since 1984, he had an excellent reputation in year's past. In 1997, he won the The Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach.

Herrmann can't wait to get started in Hempstead.

"They say it's the pinnacle of sports on the professional level," Herrmann said of NFL coaching. "This is something I've always dreamt of, something I've always wanted to do."

Herrmann should have plenty of help during his assimilation to the NFL. The Jets new defensive coordinator – Bob Sutton – was the team's long-time linebacker coach prior to his recent promotion. Also, the Jets are expected to add long-time NFL linebacker Bryan Cox to the coaching staff in the next few weeks.

Herrmann will also have a familiar pupil at Hofstra. The Jets starting strongside linebacker, Victor Hobson, played for Herrmann at Michigan.

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