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Holmgren officially out with Browns

Mike Holmgren AP

Maybe the Big Show simply wanted to go out on a high note.

After Sunday’s unexpected win over the Steelers, the Browns confirmed that team president Mike Holmgren has departed the organization.  The news first came from CBS announcer Kevin Harlan at the end of the network’s coverage.

Holmgren will meet the media on Monday.  Look for plenty of questions about whether he is or isn’t interested in coaching the Cowboys or some other team.

All things considered, his time in Cleveland fairly should be regarded as a failure.  The question now becomes whether he’ll cap his career with one more appearance as a coach.

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38 Responses to “Holmgren officially out with Browns”
  1. TheWizard says: Nov 25, 2012 5:40 PM

    Shouldn’t everybody’s time in Cleveland be regarded as a failure?

    Except Marty in the 80’s, and Belichick in 94 the notable exceptions.

  2. bensstinkyfingers says: Nov 25, 2012 5:42 PM

    Riding off into the sunset with Millions, for poor job performance, and no accountability. WHt a heist he pulled in Cleveland. Wow

  3. brownsfandawg says: Nov 25, 2012 5:49 PM

    We could have had RGIII. We had more than enough picks to get him and keep building our roster. Instead we decided to take the safe way out. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  4. wryly1 says: Nov 25, 2012 5:51 PM

    Holmgren and his staff put together the most talent Browns have had since they returned in ’99. They are too young and inexperienced to win this year, but they are the core nucleus of a team that will be winners for the next several years. That is his legacy in Cleveland.

  5. my2cents27 says: Nov 25, 2012 5:55 PM

    Barely beating the Steeler’s practice squad will be a great send off for Holmgren!

    Congrats!

  6. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 25, 2012 6:00 PM

    He tarnished his reputation for good by not giving the Rams what they wanted for the right to RGIII. Hopefully he is the next HC for the Cowboys to further embarrass that franchise.

  7. gking11 says: Nov 25, 2012 6:02 PM

    Good riddance…oh, and take Shurmur with you.

  8. clownsfan says: Nov 25, 2012 6:03 PM

    Thanks Coach. For nothin’.

  9. cliffordc05 says: Nov 25, 2012 6:05 PM

    Pete Carroll took over the Seahawks at the same time that Holmgren took control of the Browns. The Seahawks almost hired Holmgren at that time. I don’t think anyone would exchange the Seahawk roster for the Browns roster at this time.

    PC is not as good a play caller as Holmgren but he has put together a first class organization.

  10. cabby782 says: Nov 25, 2012 6:09 PM

    Wonder what we would think of Holmgren if he wouldn’t have had Ron Wolf as GM and Favre as his QB

  11. butchhickory says: Nov 25, 2012 6:09 PM

    This just does to show that one mans success in one place doesn’t mean you will succeed everywhere you go.
    You need other good people to have success/
    But that happens when you have a bigger ego than a brain.

  12. nostalgicsound says: Nov 25, 2012 6:09 PM

    Sorry, i know he had success in Greenbay and a little success in Seattle with that loss in the SB. But man since then this guy as been OVER RATED. To think he can just assume he’ll walk on the field and be a head coach again in the NFL is laughable. Jones needs to skip this clown.

  13. stevenfbrackett says: Nov 25, 2012 6:15 PM

    Why would anyone want o coach the Cowboys?

    I can see a newcomer willing to take it on just to get his ‘in’ but any coach with any experience will not want to have to put up with Jerry Jones’ incompetence as a GM and constant meddling unless he is on such a serious downslide he has no alternative. A top rate coach simply won’t even entertain a discussion about doing it.

  14. dumptrucked says: Nov 25, 2012 6:15 PM

    Garrett will be fired Monday, Holmgren announced as coach Tuesday.

  15. realfootballfan says: Nov 25, 2012 6:18 PM

    Yea, Holmgren just inherited a disaster area franchise and has systematically added talent to it each year. He clearly is a failure because he couldn’t get them to the playoffs when it was the worst roster in football when he and Heckert took it over.

  16. 8man says: Nov 25, 2012 6:18 PM

    This guy made millions riding Brett Favre. I have never seen the attraction.

  17. emperorzero says: Nov 25, 2012 6:20 PM

    I’m not sure why anyone thought Holmgren could build a roster. Yeah, the Seahawks made the Super Bowl, but a lot of his guys were already gone and he was just the coach.

  18. tedstheman says: Nov 25, 2012 6:21 PM

    The man got paid more then 30 million and lived on the west coast. It was one of the biggest heist’s in the history of professional sports. 30 million for a part time job! He showed in Seattle he didn’t know how to put a team together and then did it again in CLeveland. It just goes to prove that just because a man is top coach it doesn’t mean he can be a top GM. The problem is many coaches feel they can coach and handle the GM job at the same time and most can’t.

  19. djeg07 says: Nov 25, 2012 6:24 PM

    all other horrible rosters seem to turnover faster. why not in cleveland?

  20. bhester1906 says: Nov 25, 2012 6:24 PM

    The Bengals have outperformed the Browns in his tenure…enough said.

  21. coop16 says: Nov 25, 2012 6:34 PM

    It might be a bit harsh to say he failed; he was hired with the idea that he had five years to build a winning team, and now he’s out after two and a half years. Obviously he failed to build a winning team in two and a half years; it’s an open question as to whether he would have built a winner if given the full five years to work on it. Personally, I’m guessing he would have failed, since (a) the team has shown little to no progress so far, and (b) the team still doesn’t have a playoff-quality QB. But the reality is that we’ll never know what would have happened if he’d been allowed to complete his five-year plan.

  22. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 25, 2012 6:37 PM

    LOL I thought he was fired weeks ago?

    Jim Haslam will be the best thing that ever happened to the Browns. He’s Jerry Jones with a brain.

  23. jbaxt says: Nov 25, 2012 6:42 PM

    Well, at least that leaves the Chiefs with 2 options as their next Cleveland castoff. Will Mangini or Holmgren be their coach?

  24. tdrundmc says: Nov 25, 2012 6:46 PM

    Why is he quitting today? Something is going down.

  25. Little Earthquake says: Nov 25, 2012 6:47 PM

    Mike, you can still be mayor of Green Bay if you want.

  26. wozzmann1955 says: Nov 25, 2012 6:49 PM

    He was heard singing “I am the Walrus” as he was leaving

  27. wozzmann1955 says: Nov 25, 2012 6:50 PM

    Does this mean Jim Brown can come back around now?

  28. cowboylover says: Nov 25, 2012 7:16 PM

    Don’t dump on the Cowboys! We’re in the same poor-management boat. Not our fault this franchise has also been badly mismanaged.

  29. Gravy says: Nov 25, 2012 7:25 PM

    People forget that Holmgren’s Packer genius was fueled by Fritz Shurmur’s defenses and Ron Wolf’s management.

    Alone, he’s a selfish jerk.

  30. wjmoffatt says: Nov 25, 2012 8:00 PM

    Not sure how it was a failure, this team is on the brink of being a playoff team. They just need one or two more drafts and they are there!

  31. brownsfan39 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:04 PM

    Good riddance Mike, take Pat with you! Lure Cower or Gruden and we will be set for years to come! Go Browns!

  32. axespray says: Nov 25, 2012 8:10 PM

    Browns fans had the same scornful comments when Belichick left – just saying, look at your roster now compared to when Holmgren arrived.
    You’ve got guys that could be mistaken for a QB/WR/HB/Oline/Defense….
    That’s better than the Derek Anderson/Brady Quinn years….

  33. ballboy48 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:20 PM

    my2cents27 says:
    Nov 25, 2012 5:55 PM
    Barely beating the Steeler’s practice squad will be a great send off for Holmgren!

    Congrats!
    ———————————————————————————–
    @my2cents27,

    I guess that’s what the Browns fans could say for the last 14 seasons! Cleveland has a decent defense know, and played with a rookie QB, RB, RT, LB, 2 DL, and S! Stop whining, the Steelers are getting old, and lets not forget, it took the Steelers up until about three years ago to match the head to head wins in the rivalry! I swear some fans have football amnesia!

  34. BeachBum46 says: Nov 25, 2012 8:22 PM

    cliffordc05 says: Nov 25, 2012 6:05 PM

    Pete Carroll took over the Seahawks at the same time that Holmgren took control of the Browns. The Seahawks almost hired Holmgren at that time. I don’t think anyone would exchange the Seahawk roster for the Browns roster at this time.

    PC is not as good a play caller as Holmgren but he has put together a first class organization.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    I totally agree, the Browns would be crazy to exchange rosters for the Seahawks!

  35. ytownjoe says: Nov 25, 2012 10:27 PM

    Good luck Mike. Help yourself to Jerry Jones’ millions. It will be two or three years before you’ll be run out of Dallas.

  36. harbingeroftruth says: Nov 25, 2012 10:34 PM

    Hmmmmm, wonder how the play calling will be without Holmgren looking over Shurmers shoulder or will Pat be shown the door next? Somethings up.

  37. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 26, 2012 8:22 AM

    Don’t think Holmgren and Jerry Jones together will work.

  38. archetypeobscure says: Nov 26, 2012 3:24 PM

    He’s not a failure if this team starts a major upswing as these players in their first 3 years get more experience. He probably never did enough though. He didn’t coach, and he made great strides to not be the face of the franchise. There still time for this to not be considered a failure though.

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