This was supposed to be the year Mike Holmgren saw his reclamation project to fruition.
Instead, the Browns president might be approaching lame duck status.
With new owner Jimmy Haslam expected to appoint his own football boss at some point after taking over in October, Holmgren isn’t ready to step aside. He’s in the third year of a five-year contract, and won’t be the one to walk away from what he started.
“I’ve never quit anything in my life,” Holmgren said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Asked if he envisioned fulfilling his contract (he’s in year three of five), he replied: “I hope so. That’s what my plan is.”
Holmgren said he hasn’t asked about his future, and that his agent Bob LaMonte hasn’t either.
“No, in fact, I try to keep LaMonte away from Jimmy,” Holmgren said with a laugh. “That hasn’t happened yet.”
Asked if he’d accept a different role in the organization, Holmgren deferred.
“That’s a pretty good hypothetical there,” he said. “Please, let’s work together on that. Let’s just see how it goes. I can’t answer that right now. Let’s slow down a little bit on that stuff and see where it takes us.”
Holmgren might be a lot of things, but stupid’s none of them. The arrival of Haslam’s guy Joe Banner seems like a fait accompli, and from the sounds of Holmgren’s statements, he’s being careful not to say anything to diminish the size of the golden parachute when Haslam pushes him out of the plane.