Mike Holmgren’s name has surfaced on the top of Browns owner Randy Lerner’s list as he searches for a new football czar, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
On Sunday NFL Countdown, Schefter reported that the job is Holmgren’s if he wants it and, should he accept it, he’d play a role similar to the one Bill Parcells plays with the Miami Dolphins. Holmgren would then hire a general manager who would join him in determining Eric Mangini’s future as head coach.
There’s a lot of balls in the air, but it doesn’t look good for Mangini under this scenario. Holmgren has no ties to the current coach, so unless the new G.M. is a Mangini fan it isn’t hard to see him getting the axe shortly after Holmgren steps off his motorcycle and assumes the reins of the Cleveland organization.
Schefter reports that Lerner is also likely to speak to Ernie Accorsi, Rich McKay and Ron Wolf, if he hasn’t spoken to them already, about the top job with the Browns. None of those guys have any ties to Mangini, either, so the coach’s stay in Cleveland looks to be a brief one no matter who gets tabbed with fixing things in Lerner’s house.