Offensive Coordinator, Miami Dolphins
Mike Sherman enters his first season with the Dolphins after being named offensive coordinator on January 27, 2012.
Sherman joins Miami after four years (2008-11) at the helm of Texas A&M University after being named the school’s 28th head coach on November 26, 2007. While leading the Aggies, Sherman’s teams made three bowl appearances (Independence Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl), as well winning as the 2010 Big 12 South Division title. During his time with the Aggies, the school accumulated 500 yards in total offense 18 times, while prior to his arrival, the team had hit the 500-yard plateau only 18 times in the previous 116 games over 10 seasons. Led by current Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M was the only team in the NCAA FBS with an offense that ranked in the top 20 in rushing, passing, total and scoring offense during the 2011 season.
Sherman came to Texas A&M after spending two seasons (2006-07) with the Houston Texans. He served as the assistant head coach/offense in 2006 before being named as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator in 2007. In 2006, the Texans offense was led by All-Pro receiver Andre Johnson, who set franchise marks with 103 receptions for 1,147 yards and quarterback David Carr, who led the NFL with a 68.3 completion percentage. During the 2007 season, the Texans set franchise records with 43 touchdowns, 5,337 total net yards and 3,751 passing yards.
Prior to joining the Texans, Sherman spent six seasons (2000-05) as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, including five serving as the team’s executive vice president along with being the head coach. From 2001-04, Sherman assumed the duties of general manager as well after being named to the position following the retirement of the general manager Ron Wolf. Sherman guided the team to five winning seasons and from 2002-04 the team won three consecutive NFC North titles. His .663 winning percentage (53-27) over his first five years at the time was second only to the great Vince Lombardi in Packers history.
Under Sherman, the Packers offense produced two of the four highest-scoring seasons in franchise history at that time. In 2003, Green Bay totaled 442 points, which was just 14 points shy of the franchise record of 456 set in the team’s world championship season of 1996. The 2003 squad ranked third at the time in Packer history with 5,798 yards and set a franchise record with 2,558 rushing yards, thanks in large part to running back Ahman Green’s franchise-record 1,883 rushing yards. Green Bay also set a franchise record by averaging 5.05 yards per rush attempt that year. Sherman’s troops followed that up with a 424-point season in 2004, which was good for fourth-best all-time at the time. Sherman’s 2004 team set team records with 6,357 total net yards and 4,449 net passing yards. That year, the team surrendered just 14 sacks in 598 attempts, another franchise record.
Before be named the head coach in Green Bay, Sherman served as the offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks in 1999. The Seahawks finished the 1999 campaign atop the AFC West with a 9-7 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 1988. The 1999 season saw a balanced offensive attack with running back Ricky Watters rushing for 1,210 yards and five touchdowns while quarterback Jon Kitna finished third in the AFC with 23 touchdown passes and fifth in the conference with 3,346 passing yards.
Sherman’s first NFL coaching experience came with the Packers from 1997-98, when he was the tight ends/assistant offensive line coach. Sherman tutored All-Pro tight end Mark Chmura, who was selected to the Pro Bowl in both 1997 and 1998.
Prior to making the jump to the NFL ranks, Sherman spent seven years (1989-93 and 1995-96) in College Station as Texas A&M’s offensive line coach. During his time at Texas A&M, Sherman helped develop future Dolphins All-Pro Richmond Webb. Between his time in College Station, Sherman spent the 1994 season as the offensive line coach for the UCLA Bruins, where he coached future Pro Bowl tackle Jonathan Ogden.
Sherman coached the offensive line at Holy Cross from 1985-87 before being named offensive coordinator in 1988. He served as offensive line coach at Tulane from 1983-84. Sherman’s collegiate coaching career began in 1981, when he was a part-time coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
Sherman played defensive end and offensive tackle at Central Connecticut State University. A native of Norwood, Mass, he and his wife, Karen, have five children: daughters Sarah, Emily, and Selena, and sons Matthew and Benjamin and well as one grandson, Brooks.