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Philbin: Sherman 'more relaxed' as assistant

Mar 27, 2012 -- 9:55pm
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PALM BEACH, Fla. – To hear Joe Philbin tell it, the life of an NFL assistant – as opposed to the high-pressure gig of being a head coach – is agreeing with Mike Sherman.

Sherman, the Miami Dolphins’ new offensive coordinator and former Green Bay Packers head coach, was once Philbin’s boss in Green Bay, having brought Philbin to the NFL from the University of Iowa. Sherman was also Philbin’s English teacher at Worchester (Mass.) Academy, and now, the pupil and the teacher have traded places.

For Packers fans who recall Sherman’s final days as the team’s coach in 2005, when the Packers went 4-12 after going an impressive 53-27 from 2000 through 2004, they likely remember an uptight head coach who seemed to know his days were numbered.

That’s not the Sherman that Philbin is now working with.

“He’s been great,” Philbin said at the AFC coaches breakfast at the annual NFL Meetings Tuesday at The Breakers resort. “He’s probably more relaxed than you guys have ever known him. You know he has a great sense of humor, and he’s been awesome with the younger coaches. We have some younger guys on our staff, and aside from the work ethic he has and the loyal guy he is, it’s been fun.”

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