Mike Holmgren: I do miss the coaching part


Outgoing Browns president Mike Holmgren held a press conference on Tuesday and predictably answered many questions about what happens now that the shift in power in the Browns organization has been made public.

Holmgren was asked whether he would consider a return to coaching once he’s officially back on the job market. The former Packers and Seahawks coach didn’t rule it out.

“I don’t know. I do miss the coaching part,” Holmgren said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

He said he considered taking over as head coach after firing Eric Mangini, but said he felt he’d be “shortchanging the organization” if he took the job at that moment. Holmgren has a 161-111 record as an NFL coach and won Super Bowl XXXI with the Packers.

Holmgren said that he won’t rock the boat in the little time he has left with the organization and that he hopes to stick around to help on the football side of things for the rest of the season if owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner are comfortable with it. Holmgren said that he knows the team didn’t win enough games, but hopes that quarterback Brandon Weeden is part of a table set for success for the future.

Holmgren didn’t win in Cleveland and the team’s 10-29 record during his tenure is not going to make him a likely candidate for another job running the whole operation. As a coach, though, it’s hard to imagine Holmgren’s name won’t at least come up in association with openings around the league.

31 responses to “Mike Holmgren: I do miss the coaching part

  1. Jerry Jones could do one good thing for his team. Hire Holmgren as coach and then be seen and not heard. The only problem is that Holmgren isn’t going to tolerate the ‘babysitter for dez bryant’ approach to team management. Bryant will either be out the door or will have to actually start acting like *GULP* an adult instead of a 12 year old throwing a temper tantrum.

  2. really “shortchanging the organization”????

    3 years and you don’t feel short changed by the lack of wins?

    I feel like he short changed me the last 3 years of my life!

  3. Browns fans miss the coaching part too….

    Since ’99, we’ve had Chris Palmer, Butch Davis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, and worst of all, Pat Shurmur.

    Not exactly Paul Brown, Chuck Noll, Vince Lombardi, and Tom Landry, is it?

  4. Philadelphia will not be a destination for Holmgren. Reid is from the same coaching tree. Just wont work. Besides, Lurie is an admirer of the Steelers system, which craves continuity and little turn over.

    More likely is that Reid, if released, will be replaced by a true GM/personnel guy, and then someone to simply be HC. That means t wont be Cowher, either, even since he is from the Steelers system.

    It would not surprise me if Philadelphia replaced Reid with a solid HC type from a college background, paired with a good personnel guy. Or someone with some peripheral tie to Philadelphia. For instance, Jim Mora Sr., if he wanted to return, might be an interesting choice.

    As for Holmgren, I would not be surprised at all to see him in Dallas next year. Detroit might be an interesting option, too. But Dallas seems to be the best fit.

  5. I am astonished by the extent to which Holmgren has been able to extend his career despite very underwhelming results for the last decade.

  6. Mike should have stuck with coaching – it’s what he did best. He was never capable of doing the GM/Coach thing – that’s why Ron Wolf wouldn’t give up that job when Mike was with the Packers.

    Of course they gave both jobs to Mike Sherman so that wasn’t very different.

  7. I like Mike. I wish he’d have gotten more done in Cleveland, and that we had more to show for it. The QB guru gave us Seneca Wallace, Jake Delhomme, Colt McCoy, and finally, Brandon Weeden.

    I think I would preferred seeing Mike as a head coach here, but I think that boat has sailed.

  8. Come back to Seattle and retire Mike . You and Kathy are beloved by the community . And myself personally , if you were to replace Bevel as OC with the Hawks ( it’ll never happen , but .. ) that’d be just fine with me . Can you imagine Carroll’s defense with Holmgren’s offense ?!

    Regardless , just come back home to Seattle now Mike ..

  9. id love to see him coach the browns but dont bring that WEST COAST CRAP to ohio i see alil brett favre “football wise” in Weeden he likes throwing the ball deep and he has gunslinger mentality maybe him and holmgren might work he’s around favre’s age when he hit is prime as a packer and good QB think bout that folks

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