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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.

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31 Responses to “Mike Holmgren: I do miss the coaching part”
  1. elroyjetsson says: Oct 23, 2012 2:17 PM

    Should have stuck with Mangini a little longer

  2. dealer009 says: Oct 23, 2012 2:17 PM

    Is this his way of putting his name in for the Browns job?

    Clean house.

  3. kylexitron says: Oct 23, 2012 2:21 PM

    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.

  4. frenchysplatediscipline says: Oct 23, 2012 2:22 PM

    Ha! Didn’t take the job because you didn’t want to shortchange the franchise?

    Or maybe it was because neither Colt McCoy nor Seneca Wallace were Brett Favre…

  5. scothawk says: Oct 23, 2012 2:23 PM

    When he coached before, he missed the last 2 minutes of each half.

  6. hendawg21 says: Oct 23, 2012 2:23 PM

    Hmmm Philadelphia or Carolina could be two places…

  7. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 23, 2012 2:25 PM

    I know a certain rich guy in Dallas, Texas who is going to want to talk to you after another non-playoff season, Holmgren.

  8. justintuckrule says: Oct 23, 2012 2:25 PM

    Bye bye Andy.

  9. buffalose says: Oct 23, 2012 2:25 PM

    Come to buffalo !!

  10. richc111 says: Oct 23, 2012 2:27 PM

    Please do not come to Buffalo, unless you bring a 30 year old Farve with you!

  11. ppc50 says: Oct 23, 2012 2:34 PM

    I would rather see Holmgren in Dallas than Garrett any day of the week.

  12. rpiotr01 says: Oct 23, 2012 2:35 PM

    The next head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles is…

  13. Patriot42 says: Oct 23, 2012 2:36 PM

    The Chiefs may need one.

  14. thesportsguy52 says: Oct 23, 2012 2:37 PM

    The ravens should fire cam Cameron and hire him as their OC. Please!

  15. brenenostler says: Oct 23, 2012 2:41 PM

    Wouldn’t that be funny if he became the Browns head coach?

  16. chrisvegas says: Oct 23, 2012 2:46 PM

    Eagles should hire him after they fire Reid.

  17. realfann says: Oct 23, 2012 2:48 PM

    Holgrem retired on the job years ago.

    The guy loves money.

    Just not the work that goes with it.

  18. ralphiepower says: Oct 23, 2012 3:00 PM

    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!

  19. borophyll says: Oct 23, 2012 3:09 PM

    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?

  20. thesmedman says: Oct 23, 2012 3:14 PM

    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.

  21. JP says: Oct 23, 2012 3:20 PM

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

  22. cpcfan says: Oct 23, 2012 3:23 PM

    The first of the LA Chargers

  23. dukemarc says: Oct 23, 2012 3:31 PM

    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.

  24. willardj says: Oct 23, 2012 3:32 PM

    A real shame to see the Holmgren era come to an end. This guy simply knows how to build football teams. A true legend in Browns lore.

  25. audient says: Oct 23, 2012 3:48 PM

    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.

  26. hawkfan50 says: Oct 23, 2012 4:42 PM

    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 ..

  27. says: Oct 23, 2012 4:48 PM

    I miss the winning part.

  28. bigzant82 says: Oct 23, 2012 5:09 PM

    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

  29. trevor123698 says: Oct 23, 2012 6:00 PM

    hes been out too long to come back

  30. stillworker says: Oct 23, 2012 7:13 PM

    Being a Steelers’ fan………..I pray he’s Cleveland’s next coach!

  31. 2ndaryinsanity says: Oct 23, 2012 11:52 PM

    I can’t see him in Dallas. The Cowboys already have a head coach named Jerry Jones. No way Holmgren would put up with Jerry’s meddling.

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