Montreal fires Mike Sherman days before start of CFL season

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With the Canadian Football League season just days away, one head coach has just been fired: Mike Sherman, who is best known as the former head coach of the Packers.

The Montreal Alouettes announced that they fired Sherman today. The Alouettes’ first regular-season game is Friday.

“We would like to thank Mike Sherman for his hard work and dedication with our team,” said Alouettes General Manager Kavis Reed. “We would have preferred a different turn of events, but we believe that we are making this decision with the best interest of our organization and our team in mind. We had identified some key elements from last year where we wanted to see some changes, but unfortunately, these adjustments did not materialize. These decisions are never easy to take, but we believe that this is the right one to make.”

Sherman had some success with the Packers, finishing with winning records in his first five seasons. But he never reached an NFC Championship Game and was fired after going 4-12 in his sixth season in 2005. He later became the head coach at Texas A&M and his most recent NFL job was as offensive coordinator of the Dolphins in 2012 and 2013.

In his one year as head coach of the Alouettes, Sherman went 5-13. His tenure in Montreal will be best remembered for trading for Johnny Manziel, whom Sherman had recruited to Texas A&M.

28 responses to “Montreal fires Mike Sherman days before start of CFL season

  1. I pity Mr. Sherman. That Packer stench never wears off. Tainted for life.

  2. Firing a HC days before the start of the season, shows the failure of not the coach but of the organization. How loose is their evaluation period? Was the evaluator(s) on vacation? Something seems odd about this story.

  3. He had a winning record in Green Bay because he had a legend at QB,,otherwise he would have fallen flat on his face,,Favre would throw 5 pics in a game and Sherman would say”what am I going to tell a future Hall of famer””dont tell him anything,,sit his bottom on the pine for a while

  4. The Montreal CFL team is pwned by the league as of about 10 days ago, as the original owners got out. It is an unstable franchise financially and has not been winning the last few years, meaning they sell very few tickets. Maybe Sherman was getting paid too much, or wanted players they could not afford, who knows. The league is always on the brink.

  5. “Firing a HC days before the start of the season, shows the failure of not the coach but of the organization. How loose is their evaluation period? Was the evaluator(s) on vacation? Something seems odd about this story.”

    Kavis Reed is a very poor GM, and Montreal’s ownership situation is a gong show unto itself. It’s a surprise that this happened so near to the regular season opener, but not THAT much of a surprise in the current chaos of that franchise. Executive incompetence is murdering fan support in the city.

  6. as a fan of both leagues sadly the Al’s who were for many years amongst the best teams have fallen on hard times since their long time QB retired and management team were fired and of course well we all know how well bringing in johnny turned out huh … thus the team is not very good and rebuilding, my impressions regarding the coaching is that the guy just seemed wrong for the league but we all know how talent or lack there of effects the other. I also was not aware the league took over ownership as this has happened before with a few other teams but was resolved in time, there is money in montreal and expect some corporate entity to buy them, so just a bump in the road and some growing pains while the team gets respectable again.

  7. Want to hear the worst part of his Packer days? He was actually the GM and coach at one point. A GM that drafted a Punter in the 3rd round and if that wasn’t bad enough, the Punter couldn’t even make the team. Mike Sherman the GM makes Rick Spielman look like a genius.

  8. whatjusthapped says:
    June 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Want to hear the worst part of his Packer days? He was actually the GM and coach at one point. A GM that drafted a Punter in the 3rd round and if that wasn’t bad enough, the Punter couldn’t even make the team. Mike Sherman the GM makes Rick Spielman look like a genius.
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    Sadly, it’s all true.

  9. When Bob Harlan told Mike Sherman he was taking away the GM title from him and was going to hire Ted Thompson as GM, Sherman said: “You won’t be able to get Ted Thompson.”

    Sherman always had that deer caught in headlights look on his face. If I was a NFL head coach I’d hire him tomorrow as a OL coach though.

  10. As a CFL fan, I’m actually surprised he wasn’t fired at the end of last season. He was pretty inept as a CFL coach as he showed little understanding of the Canadian game.

  11. gregbeau says:
    June 8, 2019 at 11:11 am
    The Montreal CFL team is pwned by the league as of about 10 days ago, as the original owners got out. It is an unstable franchise financially and has not been winning the last few years, meaning they sell very few tickets. Maybe Sherman was getting paid too much, or wanted players they could not afford, who knows. The league is always on the brink.
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    Without question, Montreal has some financial concerns. However, the current owners of CFL franchises are the richest the league has EVER had. No where near “on the brink”.

  12. I’m guessing that Johnny Football making for the border broke his heart and his zest for coaching.

  13. It sounds like he may have pulled a George Costanza stunt to get out of the Montreal contract, so he can coach with his son-in-law, Zac Taylor.

  14. Mike Sherman is the NFL head coach who, after his team had just scored a TD to take an 8 point lead in the playoffs, decided to go for a 2 point conversion.

    I kid you not. And then the attempt failed. the 49ers score a TD and Mooch went for two and made it to tie the game.

    That is all anyone needs to know about Sherman.

  15. June 9, 2019 at 11:53 am
    The pscker dark days of the 70, 80s and 90s are soon to be back!
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    The Viking dark days of the 20th and 21st centuries……….aren’t going anywhere.

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