Whose really at fault the coach or the players or both?
By CHRIS JENKINS, AP Sports Writer
January 2, 2006
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers fired coach Mike Sherman on Monday, a day after finishing their worst season in 15 years.
The Packers finished with a victory over the Seattle Seahawks as Brett Favre threw his first touchdown pass in five games. But they still finished with a 4-12 record.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson said the decision to fire Sherman wasn't based on the team's fortunes this season.
"I think our team hung in there very well and played under some very difficult circumstances and played hard each and every week," Thompson said. "This was more thinking in terms of where we are and where we need to get to. And again, it was what I thought was best for the Green Bay Packers over the long haul."
Thompson informed Sherman of the decision early Monday morning. He said Sherman expressed surprise and disappointment. Thompson then told the players.
"My talk with them was very brief, and it was a very quiet and somber room," Thompson said.