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Holmgren eyeballing D.C.?

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.

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52 Responses to “Holmgren eyeballing D.C.?”
  1. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Sep 29, 2009 8:42 PM

    RUSS GRIM OR BUST

  2. PPinDC says: Sep 29, 2009 8:51 PM

    Only way any one of those guys (Holmgren, Cowher, Shanahan, etc.) is if they get full control. Lil’ Danny probably won’t dump his butt buddy Vinny, and any of those three won’t stake their reputation in that kind of situation. Think about the last real coach that was in D.C. (Not counting Gibbs II)…Schottenheimer. Most legit candidates will remember how dirty Snyder did him, and will look elsewhere, and by the looks of the season so far, they’ll be plenty of elsewheres….

  3. BigPackBigWin says: Sep 29, 2009 8:53 PM

    “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.”
    If that’s what he wanted, why did he leave Green Bay? There are fewer than 0 things to do there and it IS the only thing going on Sunday morning. And Monday morning. And Tuesday morning. And Wed…. You get the point.

  4. bearsrule says: Sep 29, 2009 9:00 PM

    Used to see him twice a year when he was in Green Bay. He has one Super Bowl ring and the officials screwed him and the Seahawks out of another against the Steelers. He would be a great hire if Snyder gives him control. If I were a Redskin fan, I’d pray for this every night.

  5. filthymcnasty says: Sep 29, 2009 9:01 PM

    WHEN WILL THIS MADNESS END????

  6. 828tnt says: Sep 29, 2009 9:02 PM

    as long as whoever is hired:
    1. fires vinney!
    2. hires a personnel guy and listens to them. just coach!
    3. tells danny boys to sit back and just sign checks!
    maybe then…… ah forget it. too much to ask for.

  7. Dirte says: Sep 29, 2009 9:03 PM

    Agree with PP. No way Holmy works with Snyder.

  8. 828tnt says: Sep 29, 2009 9:04 PM

    ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says:
    September 29, 2009 8:42 PM
    RUSS GRIM OR BUST
    maybe better yet!!

  9. VoxUcker says: Sep 29, 2009 9:04 PM

    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.
    Jerry Jones? (gag)
    There isn’t a single coach worth his weight who would -want- to work for that freakin’ idiot.
    (Hand over your brain and your balls as you enter the facility.)
    Wade came with the puppet strings already attached.

  10. Cecil says: Sep 29, 2009 9:09 PM

    “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.”
    Seriously, WTF? The midwest and mountain west fit this description much better than the east coast…

  11. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Sep 29, 2009 9:09 PM

    I’d rather have a coked out Dexter Manly coaching the Redskins then lackluster Jimmy Zorn

  12. danlinker says: Sep 29, 2009 9:13 PM

    Oh yeah, for the skins fans, let this happen. The fact that he told King that (the coach knows the implications of that comment) tells me he has the fire again.
    I like this coach, and I’m hoping he gets there.

  13. Packerhq.net says: Sep 29, 2009 9:27 PM

    Call me crazy but don’t rule out Carolina ..it’s no gimme for Bill Cowher.

  14. Mangy66 says: Sep 29, 2009 9:28 PM

    New Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker would be my first choice. He’s a Bill Belichick/Pete Carroll/Joe Gibbs desciple, and would be a breath of fresh air.
    If not him…then University of Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly.

  15. doric44 says: Sep 29, 2009 9:33 PM

    he wants an east coast team where football means allot buffalo is waiting for you mike come right in !!!

  16. Slow Joe says: Sep 29, 2009 9:41 PM

    The smartest thing Dan Snyder could do would be to hire Holmgren, Shanahan, or Cowher and cede all control of football decisions to him.
    In other words, it won’t happen.

  17. WetHog says: Sep 29, 2009 9:49 PM

    “RUSS GRIM OR BUST”
    Amen brother! Amen!
    Holmgren: No thanks. Same with Shannahan. Both coaches have had the taste of being a coach and GM. Will they be able to live with Uncle Vinny? Nope.

  18. chapnasty says: Sep 29, 2009 10:05 PM

    Why the hell would anyone want to coach in DC or Dallas? Dan Snyder is the worst owner in the histroy of the league and Jerry is in a close second, and that is only because of how he pays his players and provides top notch facilities to play in. Its sad that 2 teams with such rich NFL tradition have to be limited by their greedy owners.

  19. southernboi727 says: Sep 29, 2009 10:06 PM

    the bucs are on the east coast

  20. JRLC says: Sep 29, 2009 10:29 PM

    Dan Synder was spotted in denver geting out his private near Shanahans residence, it was confirmed he was their but no one can get a straight word on why he’s their. what other reasons would dan synder be in denver, he defenatly isnt a skier.
    Synder is looking already & Zorn is gone at the end of the year even they manage to finish the season ok…
    my vote would be Shanahan with the Deadskins, they already have a decent DC & its their offense that sucks the most. Synder wants an offensive team thats why he made Zorn the HC .
    i could see Holmgren going to the Cowboys but i dont know it Jerry’s ready to hand the keys over to the ranch. none of those guys would coach without having some control over the players or coaches so thats why Jerry got Wade & Garrett

  21. Bigbluefan says: Sep 29, 2009 10:36 PM

    Unless Tom is retiring he will have to settle for the egurls or the deadskins
    He could go to Filthy he looks like a thinner version of Father of the year Andy Reid the drunk on there ass egurl fans would not know the difference

  22. TheDPR says: Sep 29, 2009 10:36 PM

    I’m thinking the Bills are a better fit for the Walrus.
    Jim Zorn isn’t the problem in DC. They’re dead from the neck up.

  23. DanSnyder says: Sep 29, 2009 10:37 PM

    When he says eastcoast he means more then just the eastern part of the country he means a big market team. Buffalo no chance, carolina better chance but yet slim. DC is a HUGE market and either #1 or #2 in total franchise value. Remember before baltimore and carolina got teams that was all redskins territory. Mid Atlantic is widespread with skins fans. Giants, Eagles, Skins are within a a few hours driving of each other. Ravens are less then an hour drive away. Should get rid of the cowboys and put the Ravens in the NFC east. Put indy in the AFC North and the Cowboys in the AFC south. Make alot more sense geographically.

  24. penguininbondage says: Sep 29, 2009 10:37 PM

    I wish him all the success he had in Seattle.

  25. Chase the Fan says: Sep 29, 2009 10:42 PM

    Honestly, I don’t know who will be the Redskins coach next season..like it has been said above, a lot of those guys are going to want the total control that Snyder wouldn’t be willing to give them. People associate Zorn with throwing his wallet around to get a big name, but Jim Zorn was far from a big name when they hired him.
    As far has Holmgren’s landing spot in 2010…Buffalo.
    It’s on the East coast which seems to be the only premise of this article, but more importantly, Trent Edwards was hand picked by Dick Jauron off the strength of a recommendation from Bill Walsh himself. Buffalo would give him total control, it’s a young team with the ground work of the WCO already in place. I’m not a betting man, but I would have to say Buffalo and Holmgren are as a good a fit as your going to find.

  26. chapnasty says: Sep 29, 2009 11:00 PM

    @ Dan Snyder
    No way in hell would the NFL ever move any team out of the NFC east. It is the best division in football, produces the greatest rivarly games and I would bet has the highest net value based off of Franchise values. Would it make sense geographically, of course, financially, which is far more important, no way in hell.

  27. 4DayTheory says: Sep 29, 2009 11:34 PM

    This would be an excellent fit. Zorn is running Holmgren’s style of offense. One of the big concerns right now (according to an NBC site of ill repute) is that Zorn would be difficult to replace mid-season due to the fact that he is the QB coach, OC, and HC. Holmgren called his own plays in Seattle from a giant laminated business card. The players wouldn’t be hindered by learning new lingo, but they would enjoy a helluva coach. It might be just the thing that a young QB of promise needs.
    The tricky part will be canning Vinny as Holmgren tries to pull all the puppet strings again. Luckily, mid-season there’s not a lot of GM strings to pull. If Snyder is really pinching pennies, then he might use his silver/gold tongue to convince Zorn to stay on as OC.

  28. MkePackFan says: Sep 29, 2009 11:36 PM

    Why doesn’t Favre just intentionally torpedo the Vikings season so Chilly gets fired? Then Zygi brings in Mooch or Holmgren to reunite either one of them w/ Favre?
    I mean Favre is signed for two years and I’d imagine Favre would rather have Mariucci or Holmgren as his coach again.

  29. WashingtonRedstorms says: Sep 29, 2009 11:39 PM

    Wahington Redstorms 2011
    Bring back Richie Pettibon

  30. jshawaii says: Sep 29, 2009 11:55 PM

    It won’t happen in Washington DC as Holmy’s system takes at least 3 years to learn and Snyder wants it now. Just ask Brett or Matthew what Holmgren is like to learn under… not an easy system.
    I wouldn’t be too excited with him as a coach and GM. He was not ‘loved’ by the Seattle fans until he gave up the GM to concentrate on being a coach.
    Dallas, no way… but Buffalo, Carolina (with a new QB) or other team with an underacheiving QB could be a good spot. Just be preparred to wait at least 3 years.
    js

  31. MasterShake says: Sep 30, 2009 12:16 AM

    Holmgren eyeballing D.C.?
    Please allow me to clarify:
    Holmgren Teabagging D.C.

  32. Milo says: Sep 30, 2009 12:34 AM

    Being from Seattle and knowing how Mike Holmgren is and operates I do not see him going to either Washington or even Dallas as some have said. Before signing his last contract here he was going to step down then but had a meeting with owner Paul Allen and I remember reading something somewhere about Paul Allen telling him whatever he needs or wants he has it and that right there is why I don’t think he will ever end up in any of those two places, because Holmgren, like any other great coach in the NFL wants to have that control and decision making power. Holmgren and GM Tim Ruskell did not see eye to eye on a lot of things here and that is why I believe he left. He has said on shows here many times already he wants to come back in 2010 but what he really wants to do is be a GM. Hopefully Seattle will let Tim Ruskell’s contract expire at the end of this season and try to get Holmgren back as a GM but where ever he ends up and I don’t think it’s going to be Washington or Dallas they are going to have one of the best.

  33. Milo says: Sep 30, 2009 12:46 AM

    Being from Seattle and knowing how Mike Holmgren is and operates I do not see him going to either Washington or even Dallas as some have said. Before signing his last contract here he was going to step down then but had a meeting with owner Paul Allen and I remember reading something somewhere about Paul Allen telling him whatever he needs or wants he has it and that right there is why I don’t think he will ever end up in any of those two places, because Holmgren, like any other great coach in the NFL wants to have that control and decision making power. Holmgren and GM Tim Ruskell did not see eye to eye on a lot of things here and that is why I believe he left. He has said on shows here many times already he wants to come back in 2010 but what he really wants to do is be a GM. Hopefully Seattle will let Tim Ruskell’s contract expire at the end of this season and try to get Holmgren back as a GM but where ever he ends up and I don’t think it’s going to be Washington or Dallas they are going to have one of the best.

  34. SmackMyVickUp says: Sep 30, 2009 1:34 AM

    Holmgren is going to Philly after Lurie cleans house when his team goes 8-8/9-7 and misses playoffs.
    Most Philly fans wouldn’t even know the difference, Reid and Holmgren almost look the same.

  35. Kevin from Philly says: Sep 30, 2009 4:36 AM

    Big blue,
    Should you really be drinking on a school night?

  36. Terry says: Sep 30, 2009 7:05 AM

    Rest assured that if either of these coaches comes to Washington they will demand full control over player personnel decisions!!!

  37. gwinn1952 says: Sep 30, 2009 7:41 AM

    Hold your horses everyone…..if GB has another great year like last year (6-10)….GB could be looking for a new GM and Coach. Holmgren may want to come back as he’d have a young descent QB to work with…..gee bring back memories.

  38. wydok says: Sep 30, 2009 7:52 AM

    Sounds like he wants to coach the Cowboys.

  39. TorVikeFan says: Sep 30, 2009 8:41 AM

    Minny awaits. I’ll give Chilly some credit for assembling a talented roster, but the man knows shit about coaching.

  40. Okey says: Sep 30, 2009 9:00 AM

    Hey southernboi727,
    The Bucs are on the East coast but the reality is that the owners are likely to cheap to pay the kind of money for lagitament as to compete with teams like the Redskins or Cowboys.
    We’re probably just going to get another cheap coach if they even wise up and get rid of the one we have now.
    But here is to hoping you are onto something… CHEERS!

  41. dcfan-1212450 says: Sep 30, 2009 9:42 AM

    As if anything can be verified, but the top rumor right now is in favor of Mike Shanahan because he won 2 super bowls, has a good running system (Redskins are a running team throughout our history), and has worked with Clinton Portis. But as it must be noted, every coach mentioned, even the idea of a new coach is all just a RUMOR. It is just the start of week 4 remember…

  42. PackerHaiku says: Sep 30, 2009 10:03 AM

    DC Mike Holmgren?
    The Redskins would rise again
    Holmgren knows football
    http://PackerHaiku.com

  43. MarcusMac7 says: Sep 30, 2009 10:13 AM

    Mike Holmgren heads to one place during this off season…..it’s obvious and no one has mentioned it yet.
    San Diego. Norv and AJ get pushed out this year because I am sure the Spanos are sick of AJ’s ego, Norv’s yes man attitude towards AJ, and lack of getting the job done. SD cleans house in the off season!

  44. hail2dredskins says: Sep 30, 2009 10:37 AM

    First Shanahan, then Holmgren, but no one is talking about how Bill Cowher flew into Dulles airport and was dropped off at Redskins Park in Ashburn, VA on Tuesday afternoon. Seems like Danny boy is already making the rounds for next year.

  45. westcoastone says: Sep 30, 2009 10:59 AM

    Sorry to let all you Dallas and Washington hopefuls down but inside sources say Holmgren will become the 49ers next GM when Scott McClueless is fired after then end of this season. The Yorks determination to rebuild a winning tradition in SF has started with Singeltary and Jed York. McClueless was a Nolan hire and the organization has viewed his draft choices (excluding a few) and general respect throughout the league as unacceptable and knows he’s the next to go.

  46. VoxVeritas says: Sep 30, 2009 11:21 AM

    “Sorry to let all you Dallas and Washington hopefuls down but inside sources say Holmgren will become the 49ers next GM when Scott McClueless is fired after then end of this season.”
    Great news! Can’t wait! Holmgren was an utter failure as a GM.
    “McClueless was a Nolan hire and the organization has viewed his draft choices (excluding a few) and general respect throughout the league as unacceptable and knows he’s the next to go.”
    So how do you feel about Holmgren’s record in the draft? Guy hasn’t really made a really shrewd pick in well over a decade.

  47. Supersuckers says: Sep 30, 2009 12:06 PM

    “inside sources” lol

  48. klite87 says: Sep 30, 2009 12:26 PM
  49. klite87 says: Sep 30, 2009 12:30 PM

    Any one of those three in full control of the skins would be far and away better than who’s got full control now! As long as that team is Snyders’ fantasy team. They will continue to struggle! May as well have someone who knows what the heck they’re doing have full control. Right?

  50. klite87 says: Sep 30, 2009 12:31 PM

    HEY FLORIO!

  51. KILLER FIN says: Sep 30, 2009 1:46 PM

    Shannahan will REPLACE Phillips again, you heard it here first!!!

  52. duane0621 says: Oct 5, 2009 6:40 PM

    There is absolutely positively no chance of Holmgren following his friend Zorn, to DC. He’s been dissapointed at how Zorn has been treated – and would definetly not take a job that he feels his friend got jobbed out of – by a ridiculous owner…and a weak fan base.
    Holmgrem is going to the Cowboys.

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