It’s Mike Holmgren subplot week with the Seahawks facing their former head coach’s teams.
Holmgren is now the Browns president, in the early stages of trying to lift Cleveland out of mediocrity. He doesn’t know how long he’ll be at his current job.
“It’s hard to tell for sure, but I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be 10 years,” Holmgren told KJR via the Tacoma News-Tribune. “We still have our home in Seattle. And like I said, the kids are there, the grandkids are there. And I don’t think they are going to be moving anywhere too soon.
“So our vision is to kind of get back to that area at some point. Exactly when that is [I don’t know]. I would like to see improvement here and lay the foundation here so they can feel good about their team again before I make any changes at all.”
We’ll ignore Holmgren’s use of “they” for a moment to wonder if Holmgren will determine the future of the “football czar” position in the NFL. Holmgren once thanked Bill Parcells for essentially creating the type of job that Holmgren holds in Cleveland.
The Parcells era in Miami finished somewhere between disappointing and an unmitigated disaster. The 2011 Dolphins’ failures can be attributed to Parcells more than anyone else. (The structure he set up has rotted.)
If Holmgren can’t turn the Browns around, perhaps owners will be more hesitant to turn the franchise over to former coaches looking for one last big NFL contract.