Rossley called the shots

The Packers first-half loss against Detroit was Tom Rossley's second-half gain.

\With head coach Mike Sherman chewing out his players after a lousy first half last week, Rossley was in charge of formulating the plan of attack to start the second half. With Rossley calling the shots on a drive that led to a field goal to kick-start the Packers' second-half rally, it marked the first time the offensive coordinator called plays on a regular basis since he underwent an angioplasty after the Week 5 drubbing at the hands of the Tennessee Titans.

"When I went in at halftime, I told Tom to get ready to call the second half, to start the series, and he did that," Sherman said Wednesday. "I called some and he called some and we shared the duties. But he called them after the half after I came out addressing the team."

Rossley echoed Sherman's version of what happened.

"At the end of the first half," Rossley said, "he said that he needed to get some thoughts together and needed to get the team back and really get in there and get with the team. He said, 'Stay in the box and put some thought together, put a drive together, put your thoughts for the second half together and call the second half.' So that's basically what I did."

As Rossley has maintained all along, he couldn't care less about his role on the team as long as the team is winning. And the wins have come regularly since Sherman was pressed into play-calling duty. The Packers are 7-1 since Sherman began calling the shots.

"It was nice to win," Rossley said. "That's the biggest key. Sure it's nice to get back and help with the offense and help get us going."

Even with a taste of success, Rossley was diplomatic when asked if he wanted to regain a bigger share of the play-calling duties.

"I just want to help in any way I can. That's my job. When he needs my help, I'm here to help him."

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