Mike Sherman wanted another head coaching job and was willing to sit out a year to wait for one.
But an aggressive owner, a former colleague and a little prodding from his wife made the ex-Green Bay coach abandon that plan and join the Houston Texans staff.
Sherman, who was fired by the Packers on Jan. 2 after posting the first losing record in his tenure there (4-12), was introduced Wednesday as Houston's assistant head coach for offense.
Sherman, 51, had turned down offensive coordinator positions with Buffalo and the Jets when the Texans began wooing him.
He is a big fan of new Texans coach Gary Kubiak, once a fellow assistant at Texas A&M, and owner Bob McNair.
Sherman's wife, Karen, it turns out, is a fan of him having a job.
"My wife was kind of kicking me out of the house saying you need to coach. This isn't going to work," he said, only half-joking. "She played a little part in that."
Then his tone turned serious.
"Gary's one of the very few people that I would have entertained doing this with," Sherman said. "Because I sincerely want him to be successful, and he will be, and hopefully I can be a part of it in some small way."
Kubiak became the second Texans coach after the team compiled an NFL-worst 2-14 record that led to the firing of Dom Capers.
The hiring of Sherman, who was 57-39 with four playoff trips in six seasons in Green Bay, all but completes Kubiak's new staff. Kubiak said he may add an assistant defensive line coach next week. His staff of 14 includes three holdovers from Capers' staff - Joe Marciano (special teams coordinator), Jon Hoke (defensive backs) and Chick Harris (running backs).
BUCS SIGNEE: Former Cowboys place-kicker Billy Cundiff was signed, according to agent Paul Sheehy. Cundiff reached an injury settlement with Dallas and was re-signed by the team in Week 11. In his first game back, he connected on a 56-yard field goal against Detroit and finished the season 5-of-8 in field goal attempts and 14-of-14 in PATs. Cundiff is considered insurance if the Bucs are unable to resign place-kicker Matt Bryant, who is an unrestricted free agent.
COWBOYS: Vincent Brown was hired as the middle linebackers coach, reuniting him with coach Bill Parcells. Brown spent his entire eight-year NFL playing career (1988-95) in New England, the last three when Parcells was the Patriots' coach. Paul Pasqualoni, who coached tight ends last season, will move to defense and oversee the linebackers.
DOLPHINS: Tackle Damion McIntosh was arrested on a charge of domestic violence against his wife at their home, police said. Precious McIntosh was treated at a hospital and released. Her husband was booked into the Broward County Jail. McIntosh started all 16 games for the Dolphins at left tackle last season.
JAGUARS: Ted Monachino was hired as an assistant defensive line coach. He replaces Todd Howard, who was named defensive line coach at UCLA following three seasons with the Jags.
OBITUARY: Bud McFadin, 77, a five-time Pro Bowl lineman who spent 11 years playing for the Rams, Broncos and Oilers, died Monday in Victoria, Texas.
Times staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.