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Sherman to work with offensive line in Houston

The patience of Houston Texans rookie coach Gary Kubiak paid off handsomely on Wednesday as he was finally able to secure former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman to complete his staff.

Sherman, who had been mulling a decision on his future for more than two weeks after being offered the job, will hold the title of assistant head coach and will primarily work with the offensive line, a longtime Texans sore spot. Sherman is the final, and certainly the highest-profile, addition to Kubiak's first NFL staff.

"Here's a presence walking into your locker room and your
meetings of success in this league, and that's what we're looking
for," Kubiak said. "So it gives us another guy to show us how to
do it."

Being able to land Sherman is considered a coup for Kubiak, who was willing to wait for him to deliberate over the job offer, and to address family considerations. Contract details were not yet available, but it is believed that Sherman will sign a three-year deal.

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"Gary's one of the very few people that I would have
entertained doing this with," Sherman said. "Because I sincerely
want him to be successful, and he will be, and hopefully I can be a
part of it in some small way."

Although he does not have prior experience coaching the offensive line at the NFL level, Sherman has tutored tight ends in the past, and no one believes he will have any problems working with the Houston blockers. Sherman coached the offensive line at some of his various college stops, including at Texas A&M in the early '90s, where Kubiak was the running backs assistant at the time under R.C. Slocum.

After his dismissal by the Packers, Sherman, 51, interviewed for head coach vacancies in New Orleans Saints and Buffalo Bills but lost out to Sean Payton and Dick Jauron, respectively, for those positions. He was approached by the New York Jets for the offensive coordinator spot, but opted not to pursue that opportunity.

Sherman's wife, Karen, it turns out, is a big fan of him having
a job.

"My wife was kind of kicking me out of the house saying you
need to coach. This isn't going to work," he said, only
half-joking. "She played a little part in that."

Fired by the Packers the day after the 2005 season concluded, Sherman compiled a 59-43 mark, including playoffs, in six seasons. Green Bay went to the playoffs four times under Sherman, once as a wild card entry and three times as division champions, but never advanced beyond the divisional round. His 2005 team, which finished 4-12, was decimated by injuries.

Sherman said it took him a while to get over the firing in Green
Bay.

"I felt like a big part of that from the ground up, and now to
be disassociated with it, it's difficult," he said. "It's like
getting divorced from something you've been very passionate
about."

Now that he's taken a new challenge, Sherman said he has just
one goal.

"My only agenda coming down here would be to win," he said.
"I don't have an agenda that I'm looking for the next job. I just
want to take care of business here and do everything I can while
I'm here."

Given his strong track record, most league observers were surprised that Sherman did not land one of the head coach spots that became available after the '05 season. It seems that he was victimized by the trend toward hiring first-time head coaches and, perhaps, by the compensation level he enjoyed under his Green Bay contract.

Sherman signed a two-year contract extension last summer that runs through 2007 and was worth $3.2 annually. The Packers are liable for those salaries, but will now get some relief because of Sherman's hiring by the Texans.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was also used in this report. To check out Len's chat archive, click hereInsider.