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CZAR: Mike Sherman pulls off double duty

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Just digest these names for a moment: Mike Holmgren and Ron Wolf. "Mike Sherman is working at being both of these guys, and who would have thought that possible a few years ago," quarterback said the other night. "I mean, when Ron told me that he had hired Mike (Sherman), a lot of people didn't know who he was; that it was a mistake. Now, he has Ron's job, too. We're talking about one of the best coaches ever and we all know Ron rebuilt this franchise." The amazing thing is that Sherman, whose club was 12-4 last season, seems to be pulling off this double-duty responsibility. Sherman has unquestioned power within the , maybe more so than his good friend and predecessor, Holmgren, has in Seattle. Maybe because it is Green Bay, but his total-control story is generally overlooked in the NFL. Favre has been impressed with Sherman's growth as a head coach. "I know he was nervous the first night he spoke in front of the team two years ago," Favre said. "But hasn't shown any of that since. I know some might worry about meltdown, but not Mike. He is too detailed for that. And he's never allowed his GM duties to hurt his coaching style. I don't really know what a players' coach really is, but the guys bust their butts for Mike. Plus, they like him and respect him." You talk to Mark Hatley, vice president of football operations, about Sherman and it's one superlative after another. "It's amazing how well prepared he is for everything," Hatley said. "I got a great job because I don't have any of the pressure, Mike has it all." Sherman, who was a tight ends coach in his first stint in Green Bay, loves his job. He couldn't think of being in any other place in the league. He'd like to work in Green Bay forever. "I don't think of what I do as being a lot of pressure," he said. "I was confident, that given this opportunity, I could do both jobs. Before Ron left, we talked all the time and I convinced him I was capable (of being the GM, too)." Sherman displayed guts this off-season, allowing last year's starting wide receivers to vanish while trading for the troubled but talented and surrendering a second-round pick in order to draft Florida State's Javon Walker in the first round. Both players have been impressive thus far in training camp. Favre told me that Walker makes veteran-like moves that surprise even him at times. "We thought Javon was a top 15 player in this year's draft," Sherman said. "Plus, the linebacker that I liked, I didn't think we'd be able to get him. The beauty of what we've done here is that I can see a lot of these younger players on offense growing with Brett over the next five years." Favre turns 33 in October. Glenn is 28, Walker is 23, is 25, is 24, is 23 and is 23. The are built for the future on offense, and if Brett survives, it should be a very exciting next five seasons on Lombardi Avenue.

Notes & thoughts

  • Rookie TE Jeremy Shockey displayed his tremendous running ability in the Hall of Fame game Monday night. This No. 1 pick will really help the ' offense. And he's one tough kid, according to his ex-college coach Butch Davis. "If there had been a serious fight between Jeremy (and LB ), my money would have been on Jeremy," Davis said.
  • The are limiting Favre to about 70 throws per day, and the quarterback said his arm and elbow feel just fine. Favre still seems to have his fastball, even when backpedaling.
  • Remember the third week of the season, Sept. 22, when Washington visits San Francisco. The are looking for payback, believing Steve Spurrier ran up the score against them in Japan.
  • is having a difficult time learning the many plays in the ' offense, and it's been slowing him down on the practice fields.
  • Odd information note: When driving across Illinois from where the hold training camp to the ' new summer home, there are such towns as Havana, Atlanta and San Jose.
  • No. 1 pick could end being a starter with the at linebacker and seems to be better than at defensive tackle.
  • The and Dallas are in a fight to secure La Jolla as a training camp site next season. The are abandoning La Jolla for Carson, a Los Angeles suburb, next summer.
  • His loyalties know no bounds. coach Dick Jauron went to the mat with his organization in order to protect offensive coordinator John Shoop and get him a three-year contract extension.
  • Listen to this shocker: Some friends believe that Mike Holmgren would prefer to simply be a GM should he ever be forced out in Seattle as coach and GM.
  • coach Mike Shanahan is attempting to light a fire under when he says has a shot at starting should the old-timer play better this summer.
  • The ' new locker room may be bigger than the Houston ' new digs. The ' is longer, but Green Bay's is wider and shaped like a giant football.
  • The had 12,000 fans at a recent practice and 's jersey is the No. 1 seller in the U.S.
  • Tagged: Bears, Cowboys, Broncos, Packers, Rams, Giants, 49ers, Chargers, Brian Urlacher, Brian Griese, Robert Ferguson, Bubba Franks, David Martin, Brett Favre, Ahman Green, Ryan Pickett, Damione Lewis, Brandon Short

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