Steelers’ Ray Sherman Quits
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Ray Sherman resigned as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive coordinator on Thursday following the team’s first losing season since 1991.
Sherman, who had been given a two-year contract when he was hired, spent less than a year on the job.
The Steelers finished 7-9, ending a string of six consecutive seasons in which they made the playoffs. The offense managed just 21 touchdowns, fewer than any other team but Philadelphia.
Coach Bill Cowher said he discussed Sherman’s job with team executives and it became ``increasingly apparent a change was necessary.″
``Instead of delaying a decision until next week, I felt it was in everyone’s best interest to move swiftly,″ Cowher said.
The leading in-house candidate to succeed Sherman is tight ends coach Mike Mularkey.
Sherman’s fate appeared sealed when Cowher, whose playing and coaching background is solely in defense, called the offensive plays during Monday night’s loss at Jacksonville.
Sherman left the team’s offices without comment on Thursday while clutching an autographed football.
The Steelers may also have to replace their defensive coordinator. Jim Haslett is a candidate for the for head coaching jobs with Philadelphia, Seattle, Baltimore and Chicago. He interviewed with the Eagles in Philadelphia on Thursday.
Sherman was hired in February after offensive coordinator Chan Gailey left to become the Dallas Cowboys’ head coach. Sherman had been the Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback coach and was hired partly in the hope that he could help develop second-year starter Kordell Stewart.