Ex-Packers coach Sherman will lead Texas A&M

Mike Sherman, a former offensive line coach with the Aggies, went 57-39 in six seasons in Green Bay.

Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman will be introduced as the new coach at Texas A&M this morning, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Sherman, currently the offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, was offensive line coach for the Aggies from 1989 to 1993 and, after a season at UCLA, 1995 and 1996.

Contacted by the Chronicle after the Texans lost at Cleveland, Sherman said, "We just lost a football game, and that's on my mind."

According to the Chronicle, Sherman would stay with the Texans through the rest of the NFL season. Aggies defensive coordinator Gary Darnell will lead the team in a bowl game.

In 1997, Sherman became tight ends coach for the Packers. When Mike Holmgren bolted for Seattle, Sherman followed and was the Seahawks' offensive coordinator. When Ron Wolf fired Ray Rhodes as coach following the 1999 season, he hired Sherman, who had never been a head coach at any level.

Despite the inexperience, Sherman did nothing but win during his first five seasons, including earning three consecutive NFC North championships from 2002 to 2004. From 2000 to 2004, his teams went 53-27. That .663 winning percentage was second only to Vince Lombardi in Packers history.

Season-ending injuries to the likes of Javon Walker, Ahman Green and Bubba Franks, as well as his poor personnel decisions as general manager, however, doomed the Packers' 2005 season. A 4-12 season led to his firing.

He finished 57-39 in six seasons and was just 2-4 in the playoffs, including a loss to Atlanta that was the franchise's first-ever postseason defeat at Lambeau Field.

He's spent the last two seasons with the Texans.

Sherman would take over an A&M program that's been in decline. Under Dennis Franchione, the Aggies went 32-28 in five seasons, but only 19-21 in the Big 12 and 4-16 against ranked teams.

Steve Lawrence is a regular contributor to PackerReport.com. E-mail him at steve_lawrence_packers@yahoo.com

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