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This is another hard decision to criticize because of Green Bay's recent successes under new coach Mike McCarthy.
But you have to look at Mike Sherman's record in Green Bay. With the exception of a 4-12 record in 2005, Sherman had never suffered a losing season in his six years with the Packers.
Four times he took the Green and Gold to the playoffs, with three NFC North titles and an overall record of 59-43 as head coach.
From 2001-2004 Sherman served as GM and was responsible for drafting such players as Javon Walker, Aaron Kampman, and Nick Barnett. He also brought in Al Harris through a trade with Philadelphia.
Sherman was fired by Thompson after a 2005 season that was marred with injuries to several starters including Walker, Terrance Murphy (a rookie WR who suffered a career-ending injury after a helmet-to-helmet hit), Najeh Davenport, Ahman Green, and Bubba Franks.