Mike Sherman always seemed like a really nice person. And my guess is that he still is. Just a good overall human being. But I never liked his playcalling. He just didn’t have a good sense for game flow and made some positively bewildering play calls at crucial moments. And it wasn’t just that the playcalls were bad/perplexing – but of course, the real problem was that they often just didn’t work. Well, fast forward a few years to the present day and doubts are surfacing in Miami about Sherman’s playcalling as the Dolphin’s offensive coordinator. Fans and players alike have offered up some criticism. Even one “high level executive” in the organization apparently said that he doesn’t think Sherman knows some of the very basic fundamentals of offense. Again, as much as I don’t like to kick a good guy when he’s already down, the fact is this is not surprising. Mike Sherman may have done an OK job in his history as an offensive line coach – and to his credit he did help to develop a decent running game with Ahman Green in Green Bay – but I never thought his pulse for the game as a head coach was quite right. After all, he was one of the original “deer-in-the-headlights” coaches who would often stand dumbfounded on the sidelines when things were going wrong (to be followed by Lovie Smith, Wade Phillips, etc).
But forever one of the most annoying things to me about Sherman back in the day was all of the talk about how much time he spent in the office or at the facilities “working hard”. I’m all for hard workers, but I am all against inefficient workers. If he spent 18-20 hours a day in the office as the stories indicated, why did he call the same 3rd down draw play EVERY SINGLE TIME! You’d think something a bit more creative would have surfaced after all that time thinking about it.
Anyway – we all could have forewarned Miami of this issue before they hired the guy. But I’ll be interested to see if Philbin exerts some of his authority here and directs some more of the playcalling going forward. While McCarthy and Rodgers did most of that while Philbin was the “Offensive Coordinator” in Green Bay, he has to have a better sense for playcalling than Sherman…because everybody does.