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Mike Holmgren joins the Browns

Former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren was expected to give the Browns an answer on Monday regarding whether he’d accept an employment off from the team.

He has given them an answer.

And the answer is yes.

Holmgren has agreed to become President of the team.  Mike Keenan, who previously occupied that role, will become the team’s CFO.

“We are pleased to announce that Mike Holmgren has agreed to join the Cleveland Browns,” owner Randy Lerner in a statement released by the team.  “We will spend the rest of the week finalizing the details of the agreement and will make a formal announcement next week, at which time we will make him available to the media.”

We’re not sure what Lerner envisions by way of a “formal announcement” next week, given that the news of Holmgren’s arrival has been, you know, formally announced by the team.

Maybe there will be a party, complete with confetti and cake and a special appearance by Eric the Clown.

Which, of course, that might be the current head coach’s trade name come 2010.

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69 Responses to “Mike Holmgren joins the Browns”
  1. Kige Ramsey says: Dec 21, 2009 6:37 PM

    Florio where’s the sponsor for the Browns story I told you about today? :)

  2. jibfest says: Dec 21, 2009 6:41 PM

    Wasn’t he a crummy GM in Seattle? I’ve got the Texans winning a Superbowl before the Browns.

  3. Hugified Wang says: Dec 21, 2009 6:42 PM

    Yes! More Fatness to the Browns!

  4. HolmgWIN says: Dec 21, 2009 6:42 PM

    YEA BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. ppdoc13 says: Dec 21, 2009 6:43 PM

    I wish him the same success that he had as the GM of Seattle. Another great move by the Clowns. Go to the Cleveland websites. They are already purchasing their SB tix for next year.

  6. moral-authority says: Dec 21, 2009 6:44 PM

    They’re still gonna suck people.

  7. Citizen Strange says: Dec 21, 2009 6:46 PM

    A classic example of failing upward.

  8. Dramacydal says: Dec 21, 2009 6:47 PM

    Welcome to Cleveland!
    Now pay the man!

  9. tudefit says: Dec 21, 2009 6:48 PM

    I can see why a lot of people get irritated with you. You have to be hating it that the Browns are winning lately with Mangini coaching – am I right?

  10. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Dec 21, 2009 6:48 PM

    Let the speculation begin on how long it takes for the now (talking head) standing behind Holmgren in this picture to take over the Brownies…NFL Network should have a lot of fun with this one over the next couple weeks.
    http://images.packers.com/images/history/story/1992-coaches.jpg

  11. Rachel Uchitel says: Dec 21, 2009 6:48 PM

    Will this even matter?
    They will not be over .500 in the next 5 years, pending a miracle from the draft

  12. braindead says: Dec 21, 2009 6:50 PM

    Now THIS is going to be an interesting off-season. More exciting than their regular season. 11 draft picks, and who knows for coach. We may suck, but there is never a dull moment in C-Town

  13. lamename says: Dec 21, 2009 6:51 PM

    Congrats to Cleveland. They’ve had little good since Modell packed up the Browns and high-tailed it out of there.

  14. LJ says: Dec 21, 2009 6:52 PM

    Anyone here familiar enough with Holmgren to have insight into who he might tap for the GM position?

  15. nopurplecar says: Dec 21, 2009 6:52 PM

    Eric the Clown? Really? You suck.

  16. tdprog1 says: Dec 21, 2009 6:54 PM

    Think Florio is still pissed about the Browns beating down the Stillers two weeks ago.
    Talk about head coaches. Hows that Tomlin guy doing in Pittsburgh this year. Super Bowl to Super chump.

  17. BENITO says: Dec 21, 2009 6:56 PM

    mangini stole your nickname florio????

  18. Bazooka Joe says: Dec 21, 2009 6:57 PM

    Another career that’s about to be ruined by the Cleveland Brownstains. At least, they are not robbing anymore of our guys and trying to duplicate our successes.

  19. Ralph Gre Nader says: Dec 21, 2009 6:58 PM

    WooHoo….We have credibilty! It feels like a lightning bolt hit the tip of my penis.

  20. INVAIDUH says: Dec 21, 2009 7:00 PM

    How ’bout.
    “Eric the Midget” or “Eric the ackactor”???
    Hey Nowwww.

  21. braindead says: Dec 21, 2009 7:04 PM

    Watch out AFC north! A “sleeping giant” is about to awaken! (I mean Eric M. from his nap)

  22. BillsFan27 says: Dec 21, 2009 7:06 PM

    Calling Mangini “Eric the Clown” is an insult to clowns everywhere.

  23. Browns Fan til' Death says: Dec 21, 2009 7:09 PM

    I almost don’t want to read anything about the Browns because of your incesant need to insult them or someone related to the team. You make it hard to even come to this website anymore

  24. raiderrob21 says: Dec 21, 2009 7:14 PM

    Can the big Walrus play QB?

  25. Grimmlock42 says: Dec 21, 2009 7:16 PM

    This is good news for browns fans. Holmgren has won everywhere he’s gone. He was one of Bill Walsh’s coordinators in Frisco. He revived Green Bay and Seattle. You better believe the first thing he’s gonna do is give Joshua Cribbs his multi-million dollar contract he’s earned.

  26. Bitchplease says: Dec 21, 2009 7:18 PM

    Wow… the Browns might actually be respectable next year

  27. Jack Factor says: Dec 21, 2009 7:21 PM

    Looks like Mangina can join join the ranks of the other 10% in the country.
    This could be the Peter Principle at work. Holmgren has failed as a GM once already.
    Just like taking a great coordinator and proving he can’t be a good head coach, this may prove that a great coach can’t always be a great top exec.
    This is typical of Holmgren, always go to a team in the dumps, you have only one direction to move. Green Bay sucked before he came, Seattle sucked before he came, and now the Browns. This guy knows how to pick’em. He took both to the Superbowl – I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on a trifecta.
    Browns fans need hope – They have it now.

  28. urbusted says: Dec 21, 2009 7:22 PM

    Maybe there will be a party, complete with confetti and cake and a special appearance by Eric the Clown.
    Hey Karnak Florio, Don’t you think Mangini deserves at least a second look. Do you hate him so much that you can’t be objective?

  29. hayward giablommi says: Dec 21, 2009 7:22 PM

    Well, Ratboy could always go back to being a ball boy. I hear they make much more money than they used to.

  30. FireJerryJones says: Dec 21, 2009 7:24 PM

    Maybe Crennel will bring the ‘hooplah’

  31. leatherneck says: Dec 21, 2009 7:25 PM

    My guess is Holmgren took a look at all of the talent in Cleveland, salivated, and said “YES!”
    Joe Thomas, Josh Cribbs, Massaquoi, Jerome Harrison, plus all the good, young defensive players.
    If Brady Quinn learns to throw the football, this team could be tough really quick.

  32. ninjapleazee says: Dec 21, 2009 7:26 PM

    bye bye mangina

  33. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Dec 21, 2009 7:29 PM

    Hopefully, for the Browns sake, Holmgren will know what he doesn’t know and find a GM as well as stay out of coaching. I think he would be a decent president if those were the circumstances. But something tells me the walrus wants to run everything himself. Still, the Browns have nowhere to go but up.

  34. hal9000 says: Dec 21, 2009 7:29 PM

    From a Bengals fan… congrats to the Browns. Should be fun seeing what Holmgren can do to get the Browns back on track.

  35. piccolo says: Dec 21, 2009 7:31 PM

    I’ll miss Mangini’s constipated face 

  36. NAACPNOFRIENDOMINE says: Dec 21, 2009 7:31 PM

    What an opportunity for the Browns! Cleveland may start palying good football again.

  37. raiders177 says: Dec 21, 2009 7:33 PM

    “Mike Keenan, who previously occupied that role, will become the team’s CFO.”
    Is that what Mad Mike did when he got canned from the Flames

  38. dubs7_2000 says: Dec 21, 2009 7:44 PM

    Wonder if he can “suit” up? !!
    Good for the Clev. Brownies……maybe in 4-5 years they will be competitive….I’m guessing somehow they’ll screw it up!
    Signed:
    #7

  39. Steelersfantasy says: Dec 21, 2009 7:47 PM

    Steelers will still kick their butt twice a year!

  40. dirtyTHIRTY says: Dec 21, 2009 7:51 PM

    He’ll bring in someone from his ‘coaching tree’… aka Jim Zorn.

  41. HoJazz says: Dec 21, 2009 7:51 PM

    Merry Christmas Cleveland!….and get ready for one ‘heck’ of a ride. Mike’s a winner, and his intrinsic value(s), experience, and character is unmatched. Your team (long overdue) is going to get supercharged. The effect he will have on your club, the team, it’s fans, and community, will be fitting for a team long in tradition(s).
    Known by the company we keep, I am now a fan of the Browns.

  42. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 21, 2009 7:56 PM

    “Maybe there will be a party, complete with confetti and cake”
    Now you know ####### well that if Holgrem is gonna be there there’s going to be cake.

  43. JoeSchmoe says: Dec 21, 2009 7:59 PM

    The team pilot will need to issue a “you two guys must remain on opposite sides of the airplane at all times” warning to him and Mangini.

  44. slipkid says: Dec 21, 2009 8:03 PM

    just like this year…

  45. Phil Wright says: Dec 21, 2009 8:09 PM

    So now they blow it up and start all over again. Their third 5 year plan in the last four years. Learner is a moron.

  46. KennyPowers says: Dec 21, 2009 8:15 PM

    “Steelers will still kick their butt twice a year!”
    Steelersfantasy is a good name for you. If you didn’t notice, the Browns dominated the Squeelers just a few weeks ago with defense that included several former practice squad players and waiver wire additions.
    Those of you joking about a 4-5 year plan for the Browns are sorely mistaken. 2011 this team takes the AFC North by storm.

  47. jimmySee says: Dec 21, 2009 8:18 PM

    Hope it’s a good fit! If the Redskins make wholesale changes, look for Zorn and Sherm Lewis to end up in Cleveland.

  48. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 21, 2009 8:22 PM

    “Steelers will still kick their butt twice a year!”
    “still”?

  49. Oil Trading Academy says: Dec 21, 2009 8:23 PM

    In 1979 Mike Holmgren was my coach for the Pacifica Gators. He was such a good coach we went undefeated the whole year and even played a halftime exhibition at Candlestick Park in 1979, when SF played Bears, Walter Payton was there and so was OJ, the last year he played. I was number 12, and we won our game. I’m now 42 and look back at that time of my life as a great time, it was so good to be a kid and have those experiences. I’m happy to see Mike Holmgren be so successful at his career, he was a great coach and was always very nice to me.
    David Kuvelas

  50. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Dec 21, 2009 8:30 PM

    Another bad hire. Shanny gets it from all sides about no championships without Elway, but Homgren has one ring andnothing w/o brett…I’m just sayin’.

  51. Tecumseh says: Dec 21, 2009 8:30 PM

    Steelersfantasy says:
    December 21, 2009 7:47 PM
    Steelers will still kick their butt twice a year!
    http://xspblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/bfo-rlmente.jpg

  52. Audient says: Dec 21, 2009 8:31 PM

    Steelersfantasy says:
    December 21, 2009 7:47 PM
    Steelers will still kick their butt twice a year!
    ——-
    Still? Steelers “fantasy” is right! Wake up son, and check the scoreboard.

  53. patsSB44champs says: Dec 21, 2009 8:38 PM

    Hey everyone, Pats fan here…
    I think this is a good hire for you guys. You had to get away from the model of Baltimore Front Office/New England Coaching that had failed you for five years.
    Mangini is roadkill (and trust me, no one here in New England feels sorry for him). Holmgren will find a coach to carry out the West Coast Offense and then find players to fit the scheme. My guess is that someone like Chad Pennington will be brought in this offseason to be the quarterback (provided that he’s recovered) because of his accuracy (which is vital to the WC Offense).
    All in all, you guys needed a new face, and you got it. Good job.

  54. patsSB44champs says: Dec 21, 2009 8:44 PM

    leatherneck says:
    December 21, 2009 7:25 PM
    My guess is Holmgren took a look at all of the talent in Cleveland, salivated, and said “YES!”
    Joe Thomas, Josh Cribbs, Massaquoi, Jerome Harrison, plus all the good, young defensive players.
    If Brady Quinn learns to throw the football, this team could be tough really quick.
    _______________________________
    You guys have NO offensive talent other than Thomas and Cribbs. If you did, you would score TD’s more than once every ten games. And putting points on the board against the Detroits and KC’s of the world doesn’t count.
    Quinn can NOT succeed in the West Coast offense. A West Coast QB must be ACCURATE. That’s why I think you guys will bring in Chad Pennington, whether to fill your hole at QB (if he’s healthy), or to mentor Quinn/Rookie X.

  55. patsSB44champs says: Dec 21, 2009 8:46 PM

    Steelersfantasy says:
    December 21, 2009 7:47 PM
    Steelers will still kick their butt twice a year!
    __________________________
    You mean like what happened two weeks ago?

  56. urbusted says: Dec 21, 2009 8:57 PM

    West Coast? That would suit Quinn the best. He throws very well moving and on the run. Holmgren will get the most out of him plus probably bring in a veteran QB. Let’s see, who could that be?

  57. kravon says: Dec 21, 2009 9:46 PM

    I hope I never have to see Mangini stand in front of a microphone again.

  58. FumbleNuts says: Dec 21, 2009 10:00 PM

    GO Holmy!
    Good job Cleveland.

  59. GoBrowns19 says: Dec 21, 2009 10:30 PM

    If everyone hates us I guess it means we did something right.

  60. riscifiguy says: Dec 21, 2009 10:44 PM

    Dear mike;
    Get the Lead out!
    as in Eric the Lead!

  61. dubs7_2000 says: Dec 21, 2009 10:57 PM

    The Cleveland Brownstains will be moved to Destin Florida and fall into the Ocean like they have fallen into Lake Erie. WTF has Holegrum done expect win 1 ring…
    like I’ve always said…..”When your team has won 6 super bowls, THEN you can make fun of the STEELERS!!!”

  62. Laxer37 says: Dec 21, 2009 11:14 PM

    Hope Holmgren can block and tackle (and play quarterback).

  63. luvthebrowns says: Dec 21, 2009 11:15 PM

    Florio – quit being a douche bag and hating on the Browns. Finally a good decision! Go Brownies!!!

  64. trickbunny says: Dec 21, 2009 11:16 PM

    GoBrowns19 says:
    December 21, 2009 10:30 PM
    If everyone hates us I guess it means we did something right.
    ———————————————————————
    Exactly. Lots of comments that are so ridiculous and have so little to do with anything meaningful that the point behind most of the comments seems to be little more than “look what an obnoxious asshole I can be.”
    Yep, the Browns were 1-11, but in the last part of this season, with the games against the Bengals, Lions, Steelers, and Chiefs, it’s more than apparent that the team *is* getting better and *is* on an upward trajectory. Meanwhile, the Bengals are starting to crumble as postseason approaches, the Steelers look like any other boring non-playoff team (yeah, Ben had a 500 yard game in what was *almost* a losing effort- that would have been hilarious), and the Ravens struggled to keep their heads above water for a wildcard spot. No wonder there’s so much hate…

  65. tatum32 says: Dec 21, 2009 11:26 PM

    “Another bad hire. Shanny gets it from all sides about no championships without Elway, but Homgren has one ring andnothing w/o brett…I’m just sayin’.”
    “just sayin” the refs STOLE that one from the Seahawks. If anything, Holmgren underachieved….

  66. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Dec 21, 2009 11:53 PM

    Mooch!

  67. Larry David says: Dec 22, 2009 1:56 AM

    It’s pretty obvious he’ll give Mangini next year and then can him and be the head coach himself.

  68. brwnhtr says: Dec 22, 2009 2:50 AM

    Holmgren’s wife has already been to every other shit hole in the world doing missionary work. She told the walrus she wanted to explore Cleve Land for souls to save. They won’t have to look too far with that roster. I guess they needed a new missionary position….

  69. ron says: Dec 22, 2009 7:31 AM

    i think this is great move ! i want some one with great football experience. and we will not suck! we will start building a great organization! unlike moral authority who is not popular vote in cleveland!

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