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Holmgren could return to coaching, with the right opportunity

Mike Holmgren AP

Outgoing Browns president Mike Holmgren misses coaching.  We’re told that, with the right opportunity, he’d coach again.

So what would be the right opportunity for the man who previously coached the Packers and Seahawks?

PFT Live explores what it would take — and a team that might be willing to raise the curtain once again for the man known as the Big Show.

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33 Responses to “Holmgren could return to coaching, with the right opportunity”
  1. howiefeltersnatch says: Oct 24, 2012 9:10 PM

    Aw poor guy. Comes to Cleveland just to steal our feckless ex-owner’s money and NOT coach our team and hire some schmuck instead.

    Don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya Walrus. I hope every team you coach from here on out goes 0-16.

  2. mlenenski says: Oct 24, 2012 9:15 PM

    The main reason he picked Shurmur was because he knew he could replace Pat at any moment without anyone complaining about it.

  3. bishop1025 says: Oct 24, 2012 9:21 PM

    would he settle for a coordinator/assistant head coach posotion. I hear theres a team in the pacific northwest that could use an offense……….pipe dream though

  4. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 24, 2012 9:25 PM

    For example, Philly, when the Eagles go 7-9 and Andy Reid is “relieved” (euphemism for FIRED).

  5. bluewinger says: Oct 24, 2012 9:29 PM

    Put a fork in em, He’s done!

  6. lowelly says: Oct 24, 2012 9:33 PM

    I doubt he wants to deal with the mess in Carolina. But a team like Kansas City that is only a Qb away. Or a team like San Diego that might only need some pieces on defense and teaching Rivers what color jerseys his team is wearing. The Jets could be a possibility but doubt he wants big city drama. What other teams could be looking for a coach? Dallas? Doubt he wants to deal with Jerry’s world either. Detroit could be a nice spot too.

  7. ballboy48 says: Oct 24, 2012 9:37 PM

    Any team looking for a coach, stay clear. He was a great coach in his hay day, but now he wants too much control, and I couldn’t see him with a team for more than a few years, because of his age. He’s just looking to fatten his retirement money! Mr. Lerner must have been naive.

  8. steelerrick says: Oct 24, 2012 9:46 PM

    OVERRATED!

  9. jwreck says: Oct 24, 2012 10:00 PM

    I was going to make a joke about him going to Philly and nobody noticing the difference, but then I saw how gray his hair has gotten in the last couple years. Stress is a b, huh Mike?

  10. jwreck says: Oct 24, 2012 10:07 PM

    lowelly says: Oct 24, 2012 9:33 PM

    I doubt he wants to deal with the mess in Carolina. But a team like Kansas City that is only a Qb away. Or a team like San Diego that might only need some pieces on defense and teaching Rivers what color jerseys his team is wearing. The Jets could be a possibility but doubt he wants big city drama. What other teams could be looking for a coach? Dallas? Doubt he wants to deal with Jerry’s world either. Detroit could be a nice spot too.
    ________
    Carolina, KC , and SD, and Dallas all seem like realistic landing spots, but I don’t think Ryan or Schwartz get fired this year. Neither team is doing great, but Ryan’s celebricoach status and the media attention it brings to the Jets should keep him in the driver’s seat for at least another year.

    The Lions are probably the league’s biggest disappointment this season, but just as Cam Newton isn’t getting cut, Schwartz has shown enough ability over the last couple seasons to buy himself a little more time finalizing their turnaround project (before we all forget, the Lions were 0-16 just four years ago).

  11. ezra954 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:08 PM

    Yeah but he still doesn’t want the Jets job

  12. tashkalucy says: Oct 24, 2012 10:10 PM

    Loved him coming to Cleveland. Extremely disappointed in the job he did (he wasn’t even in town half the time).

    His hiring of Pat Shurmur, and then not stepping in and mentoring the fella is just mind-boggling. Shurmer is a nice enough guy, but so over his head that it’s embarrassing. Never gets to the last 2 minutes with even one time out left – often burns them all with 7-8 minutes left in the half and the game. Just hideous play calling. I’m convinced he could have become a good coach if someone worked with him – which any President and GM should be doing.

    I also wouldn’t believe a word that comes out of Holmgren’s mouth. He has an excuse for everything, and is quick to distance himself from anything that goes wrong. No GM or President in the NFL would want to get near this guy. You going to give full power to a coach, go get Bill Cowher.

  13. makimaguro says: Oct 24, 2012 10:10 PM

    Lot of haters here.

    The Browns are on the verge of getting over the hump. Lot of good young players. He builds from the bottom up for the long haul – not a quick fix guy. Haslam and the next coach are going to look like geniuses with what they are inheriting.

    I think the Cleveland coaching job will be highly sought after when it opens.

  14. FinFan68 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:16 PM

    I would hire Billick before Holmgren. Their resumes are similar but Holmgren was viewed as top echelon and Billick is basically shunned. Why? His SB winning team had a couple of the greats of all time in Favre and White. Billick was an offensive guy but won the SB with an anemic offense. That’s a red flag but the coach is usually as good as his QB’s talent allows. I have no idea why Holmgren is revered as much as he seems to be…it’s like he is Parcells, take 2.

  15. rcali says: Oct 24, 2012 10:17 PM

    Is it possible he is the worst Browns President of all time? Browns fans respond!

  16. rollore says: Oct 24, 2012 10:17 PM

    Replace Andy Reid with Andy Reid’s dad. Not interested if I were Jeffrey Lurie or his wife since she’s got a stake in the team, now.

  17. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:18 PM

    mlenenski says: Oct 24, 2012 9:15 PM

    The main reason he picked Shurmur was because he knew he could replace Pat at any moment without anyone complaining about it.
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    and as a nod to his late buddy, Fritz…

  18. bensstinkyfingers says: Oct 24, 2012 10:23 PM

    Big mike, just retire and enjoy the millions you pilfered from the Lerner family. Your legacy took a big hit with your lack of results running the browns, so another bad run might keep you out of the HOF.

  19. realfann says: Oct 24, 2012 11:18 PM

    All Holmgren cares about is money.

    He’d sign on anywhere for enough of it.

    But the conman has been exposed, he’s done in the NFL.

  20. leroysbutler says: Oct 25, 2012 12:24 AM

    Great coach, bad personnel guy. The Lions would be a perfect spot for him as coach. He would provide the discipline that team needs and improve Staffords play. That being said U hope the Lions stay the course with psycho boy.

  21. csszrr says: Oct 25, 2012 1:30 AM

    After playing owner, no owner wants him. He is blackballed for entering a room he had no business entering.

  22. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Oct 25, 2012 2:32 AM

    When Holmgren first showed up in Seattle, I was like “Oh great! I can’t wait for him to replicate his success letting Brett Farve gunsling jump balls…Wait a minute.”

    And I bet Cleveland was similarly enthused that Alexander the Great and Walter Jones and Someguy “Poison Pill” Hutchinson’s former coach was bringing a run game to town.

    Maybe Carolina could use a guy with a sterling reputation whose true gift is the acquisition and squandering of really high draft picks.

  23. jagsfan1 says: Oct 25, 2012 7:15 AM

    Dude is SO overrated…with a colossal ego. He wanted so bad to have a Parcells type position – a CEO of a team…but in truth he comes off as a lazy, ineffective, greedy slob.

  24. johnsteph1 says: Oct 25, 2012 7:44 AM

    Actually Jerry Jones and Holmgren are friends. They’ve talked personnel and Jerry has always been impressed by him.

    I know that Mike didn’t want to coach when Jerry was looking last time but if there is an opening for coach of Cowboys and Holmgren is available its going to happen this time.

  25. ralphiepower says: Oct 25, 2012 7:59 AM

    Well of course he has been retired for the last 3 years. He is now re energized…

  26. exboomer says: Oct 25, 2012 8:11 AM

    We would probably welcome him in Buffalo, he can’t be any worse than our current HC.

  27. scottplayersfacemask says: Oct 25, 2012 9:00 AM

    He told everyone in Cleveland he no longer had the energy to coach. He must have stocked his frig with 5 hour energy bottles. He had to do something with the approx 8 mil a year he stuffed in his pockets for doing next to nothing.

  28. macbull says: Oct 25, 2012 9:00 AM

    makimaguro says: Lot of haters here.

    The Browns are on the verge of getting over the hump. Lot of good young players. He builds from the bottom up for the long haul – not a quick fix guy. Haslam and the next coach are going to look like geniuses with what they are inheriting.
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    Makimaguro…you are so right !

    In Cleveland, owners never finish anything they start and Cleveland media and fans just have to have someone to blame if the Browns don’t win now.

    Genius move by Haslam, feeding the fans and media what they wanted…someone to blame..Holmgren.

    You can see how well it works to blame Holmgren by reading these posts. Everyone loves our rookie owner now, even though he hired the most hated man in Philly to replace Holmgren…a guy who has never been in charge of the football side of a team….Banner.

    Holmgren told everyone up front, the Browns were on a 5 yr rebuilding plan…the Browns are not even halfway through year three of the rebuild and everyone in Cleveland expected miracles.

    I researched teams that do a complete rebuild of their roster, via the draft…the Steelers did it 43 yrs ago…the Rooneys and Chuck Noll began rebuilding the Steelers roster via the draft in 1969…

    …after 3 yrs into the Steelers rebuild, Chuck Noll’s record was 12 wins-30 losses (.286)
    …the Browns record when Haslam relieved Holmgren, 10 wins -28 losses (.263)

    Teams doing a complete rebuild of their roster, via the draft…DO NOT WIN MANY GAMES in the first 3 yrs of 5 yr rebuilding plan.

    Browns fans are not smart enough to figure out the sacrifices made in the first 3 yrs, are more than worth the sacrifices in the long run.

    So, will Haslam, someone who claims to know the “Rooney Way”…will Haslam finish what Holmgren started…or will be just like the rest of the Browns owners and start another 5 yr plan?

    The foundation for the Browns future success has been established…the rebuild just needs to be finished over the next two years.

  29. getsome99 says: Oct 25, 2012 9:25 AM

    I could see him in Philly next season.

  30. thetooloftools says: Oct 25, 2012 9:37 AM

    Wow. Thanks Mike. You drop Pat Shurmer off at our door and now walk away. Pat is just horrible and after you fired Mangini you didn’t go down on the field and NOW your talking about coaching again?
    Thank you for slapping us across the face on your way out the door.
    No class Mike, No Class.

  31. frenzy95 says: Oct 25, 2012 10:13 AM

    macbull says: Oct 25, 2012 9:00 AM
    Holmgren told everyone up front, the Browns were on a 5 yr rebuilding plan…the Browns are not even halfway through year three of the rebuild and everyone in Cleveland expected miracles.
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    But when does that five year plan start? Because he wasted 1 year by keeping Mangini then cleaning house. Then he wasted another year by hiring Shurmur with no OC and implementing a new offense with no off-season. They have lost 11 out of their last 12 going back to last year. They are 2/13 in the division in Mikes stead, both wins coming against the Bengals. So how are the next 2.5 years going to be any different than the current 2.5 years?

  32. icanspeel says: Oct 25, 2012 10:45 AM

    I’d guess his definition of right opportunity would be a mediocre (not bad team) who is only a few wins away from playoffs recently. Chargers and Eagles come to mind.

  33. axespray says: Oct 25, 2012 5:55 PM

    howiefeltersnatch says:
    Oct 24, 2012 9:10 PM
    “Aw poor guy. Comes to Cleveland just to steal our feckless ex-owner’s money and NOT coach our team and hire some schmuck instead.

    Don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya Walrus. I hope every team you coach from here on out goes 0-16.”
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    Browns fans with this attitude are the reason the franchise is cursed.

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