Former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren has been making no bones about his desire to return to the NFL in 2010.
And we’ve been hearing for months rumors that Holmgren would be very interested in becoming the next coach of the Washington Redskins.
Earlier today, Peter King of SI.com provided some meat for that bone, in an appearance with Chris Russo of Mag Dog Unleashed on Sirius XM Radio.
“I’ve heard a lot of people say in the last few days, ‘Oh, Holmgren wouldn’t want to go to Washington,'” King said. “Keep one thing in mind in December when all this stuff starts to go down. Remember where you heard this. Mike Holmgren last year, Thanksgiving weekend, I’m sitting in his office in Seattle and he says, ‘You know, I’m going to take this next year off but after that I’ll give you a cool little theory for what I might do.’ I said, ‘What?’ And he says, ‘I’ve coached in the Midwest with Green Bay and I grew up playing and coaching out west — Brigham Young, the 49ers, Seattle.’ And he said, ‘I’d really love to try the East Coast. That brand of football where you wake up on Sunday morning and it’s the most important thing. There aren’t 800 things to do. Where you’re in East Rutherford or Philly or Washington and it’s so important.’
“He said, ‘I’d really love to try football on the East Coast.’ So do not eliminate Mike Holmgren when you start talking about coaching candidates for [Redskins owner] Dan Snyder.”
So we think it’ll be Holmgren and Shanahan jockeying for position in D.C., and the Redskins and Cowboys in a possible tug of war to get their preferred candidate.
That’s why we don’t rule out the ‘Skins launching the process before the end of the season, in order to get a crack at Holmgren or Shanahan, before Jerry Jones does.