Packers fire coach Mike Sherman

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (Ticker) - If Brett Favre returns in 2006, Mike Sherman will not be around to coach him.

After losing his general manager duties following last season, Sherman was fired as coach of the Green Bay Packers on Monday.

Green Bay finished in last place in the NFC North Division with a 4-12 record, matching its worst record since 1991, which also was the year before Favre arrived.

“At the end of the day I felt like we needed to go in a different direction,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said.

A future Hall of Fame quarterback, Favre has yet to decide if he will return for a 16th season. He has said that if he did return that he wanted Sherman as his coach.

Sherman was 57-39 in six seasons with the Packers and guided Green Bay to three straight division titles from 2002-04.

After being named as coach in 2000, Sherman was given the added title of general manager in 2001, giving him final say in personnel decisions.

However, Sherman was stripped of his GM duties last January after the Packers lost in the wild-card round at home to Minnesota. Green Bay went just 2-4 in the postseason under Sherman.

Sherman’s final season with the Packers was one riddled with injuries. Wide receiver Javon Walker and running backs Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport were among those who finished the season on injured reserve.

With injuries and reckless play by Favre, who led the NFL with 29 interceptions, Green Bay never was able to recover from an 0-4 start.

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Updated Monday, Jan 2, 2006