Packers' Sherman unsure of future after losing season

Updated: January 1, 2006, 7:02 PM ET
Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman will show up for work on Monday. He's looking forward to watching game film, searching for clues that might help him improve his team's performance inside the 20-yard-line.

Time to face the music
• Mike Tice was fired less than an hour after the Vikings' 34-10 win over the Bears in Sunday's regular season finale. The team announced that owner Zygi Wilf would not renew Tice's contract. Tice had already addressed the media before the move was made public.
• St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz, away from the job since early October as he received treatment for a bacterial infection of a heart valve, had his contract terminated Monday. Still to be determined is whether Martz's termination will take the form of a contract settlement or an outright firing, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
• Texans coach Dom Capers will be fired on Monday, league and team sources told Mortensen. Capers is the only coach the expansion Texans have had during their four-year existence. Houston was 17-45 record under Capers, the 45th loss being a 20-17 overtime defeat in San Francisco that guaranteed the Texans the top pick in the 2006 draft.
• Dick Vermeil went out with a win Sunday, retiring as coach of the Chiefs following a 37-3 dismantling of the Bengals. Kansas City became only the fourth team to go 10-6 and miss the postseason since the NFL expanded the field to 12 teams after the 1990 season. The Steelers' win over the Lions preventing the Chiefs from qualifying.
• The Raiders fired Norv Turner Tuesday following consecutive losing seasons. The 53-year-old Turner, who had a year remaining on his contract worth about $1.75 million, had known his job was in jeopardy for the last two months after struggling to get the most out of a stacked offense. The Raiders went 4-12 -- one fewer win than they had in Turner's first season a year ago -- losing their final six games and eight of nine.
•  Coach Mike Sherman is uncertain of his future after the Packers finished an injury-riddled season at 4-12 Sunday. Packers GM Ted Thompson gave Sherman a two-year contract extension in August. But as injuries and losses have mounted this season, Thompson has sidestepped questions about Sherman's status.
Beyond that, Sherman says he isn't worrying about his uncertain future.

"The things you don't have control over, you don't worry about," Sherman said. "I have control over my attitude, my perception, how I do things, and you do the very best job you can. Other people have control over other things and you let them do their jobs."

Packers general manager Ted Thompson gave Sherman a two-year contract extension in August. But as injuries and losses have mounted this season, Thompson has sidestepped questions about Sherman's status.

In recent weeks, Thompson has said only that the performance of everyone in the organization, including his own, would be reviewed after the season.

Sherman said he has had "no conversations" with Thompson regarding his future.

Thompson did not immediately return a telephone message left by the Associated Press after Sunday's season finale, a 23-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field.

"I want him here," said wide receiver Donald Driver. "I think he's a great coach. But I don't make those decisions. It's up to the organization. I'm hoping he comes back."

Injuries have cost the Packers most of their top offensive playmakers this season, including season-ending injuries to wide receiver Javon Walker and running backs Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport.

Sherman acknowledges that injuries have set the team back, but doesn't want people to think he's making excuses for losing.

"Obviously every coach is measured by wins and losses, regardless of circumstances or situations, and we fell short in that area," Sherman said. "I take coaching to heart as a profession. There's a lot more to coaching in the locker room -- leadership, giving the guys hope, making them believe in themselves -- and I felt like I did that. But we fell short on the field."

Then there's the Favre factor. Favre has said that he might be less inclined to return next season if he had to adjust to a new coaching staff and offensive system.

Favre did not speak to the media after Sunday's game.

"He and I have had conversations, and he's unsure at this point," Sherman said. "We'll have another conversation. I told him I'll probably drop by to visit him and take a ride on his tractor at some point in the next month or so. But I don't have any immediate plans to do that because nothing is going to be decided in that conversation."


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