Sherman: I'm no quitter

The Mike Sherman-led Green Bay Packers didn't quit after a 1-4 start to the season. Sherman isn't going to quit, either, now that he's no longer general manager.

Sherman held his season-ending news conference Monday, three days after team president Bob Harlan announced Sherman was being stripped of his general-manager duties.

Sherman said he never considered stepping down as head coach once informed of Harlan's decision.

"I've never resigned from anything in my life," Sherman said. "I'm not about to do it over this. I still have the best job in the National Football League."

Sherman's contract ends after the 2005 season. He said he'd like to sign an extension, but that will be up to his GM replacement, Ted Thompson.

"I came away from my meeting with Ted convinced that we share a mutual goal, which is for the Green Bay Packers to win the Super Bowl next year and for years to come," Sherman said.

Sherman, obviously, wasn't thrilled to have his job title cut in half, but he understands that's part of the business. Any business.

"It doesn't matter whether I agree or disagree," Sherman said. "My boss made a decision, just like I make decisions that affect my staff that are for the best of the staff. They may not agree or disagree, but I'm their boss. Bob is my boss and he made his decision."

While the Packers took a step backward this season, losing in the first round of the NFC playoffs a year after nearly making it to the conference championship game, Sherman said he has no regrets about his job as general manager.

"I've put my heart and soul into this job since I've been here and I'm proud of what I've accomplished. Both as a head coach and as a general manager."

Harlan's reasoning was based on his long-standing belief that being coach and general manager was too much work for one person, and that one job took away time from the other. On Friday, Harlan said he made the move in part so Sherman could spend more time with his family.

Sherman appreciates Harlan's thinking, but he says he won't change his ways drastically.

"I don't see my passion or desire or my work ethic changing," Sherman said. "I mean, you are who you are. I'm going to put everything I have into this job as I have in the past. I've said before when I was the tight end coach, I worked just as hard as I do today. And that won't change."

Another thing that won't change is Sherman will be in control of his coaching staff. Change would seem in order on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive line coach Jethro Franklin took the same job at Southern California, creating one vacancy. Defensive coordinator Bob Slowik, meanwhile, may be on the hot seat after his unit set dubious franchise records for touchdown passes allowed and fewest turnovers forced.

Sherman, however, says he's not in a big rush to make changes, saying: "I think the urgency is you make the right decision for the right reasons if a decision is being made. That's the urgency. And I don't think we'll have a problem if in fact the decision is that way, that I could find somebody to come to the Green Bay Packers.

Change would also seem to be in order with the roster, again, especially on the defense. Thompson will rely heavily on Sherman for his thoughts. Sherman said he will share those thoughts with Thompson. Just not with the reporters in attendance Monday.

"As the general manager, I at the end of the season wrote down my personnel thoughts. And as soon as I share them with the general manager, he can share them with you guys."


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