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Report: Raiders talking to Holmgren about “leadership role”

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We haven’t heard too much from Mike Holmgren since he rode his Harley off into the Ohio sunset, but that could be changing.

According to ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson, Holmgren is talking to the Raiders about a “possible leadership role.”

Given the reports of his possible interest in a job with only the Cowboys (a rumor that was planted, nurtured, then denied), and then a broadened scope, it’s no surprise to hear his name linked.

The Raiders just hired former Holmgren co-worker Reggie McKenzie as general manager a year ago, though they have explored the possibility of adding to their front office, including recent talks with league exec Ray Anderson.

Holmgren said recently it would be a “big surprise” for him to return to coaching, but he didn’t say a return in any capacity wasn’t happening, and his Bay Area ties make it worth considering.

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53 Responses to “Report: Raiders talking to Holmgren about “leadership role””
  1. zoogleea says: Feb 26, 2013 5:11 PM

    Oh no! My poor, hapless, Raiders.

  2. osubrndn says: Feb 26, 2013 5:12 PM

    Don’t hate it I guess

  3. chawk12thman says: Feb 26, 2013 5:15 PM

    Love this guy as long as he is not taking on all the roles at once. Good to hear his name mentioned as possibly coming back to NFL. Good Luck Mike.

  4. packattack1967 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:15 PM

    He has failed at his last two gigs. I’d check his resume and call references.

  5. 808raiderinparadise says: Feb 26, 2013 5:16 PM

    Soooo Mark Davis is the “owner”
    Amy Trask CEO …

    Reggie MCKenzie GM
    Dennis Allen HC
    Tony Sparano as ass HC and O-line

    and now a “leadership role” for Holmgren.

    Olson brought in at Off Coord.

    Saunders off assistant and ass HC

    Some nice working names and parts in OAK.

    Just need some time to build talent thru draft and FA.

    I like it rather than Al Davis taking on every role and failing miserably.

  6. gibbyfan says: Feb 26, 2013 5:17 PM

    Wont make much dofference one way or the other –Raider’s problems can only be fixed with enough time to overcome a decade of insanity and bad luck —team hasnt had a winning record in a decade yet always up against the cap–that says it all

  7. nepo784 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:18 PM

    Uhhh have they not looked at the Browns?

  8. butteredsanta says: Feb 26, 2013 5:18 PM

    You mean after the stellar job he just did in Cleveland? Wow

  9. tannethrill says: Feb 26, 2013 5:23 PM

    Between connections and experience he’s worth it if he’s not expensive.

  10. rubicon202 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:23 PM

    Say it isn’t true Reggie, I swear it better not be!

  11. timpaz says: Feb 26, 2013 5:23 PM

    Raiders don’t need another has been, go for a fresh face with new ideas, this guy is another Andy Reid

  12. clownsfan says: Feb 26, 2013 5:24 PM

    How does this guy keep getting work?

  13. paulsmith107 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:24 PM

    I’m pretty sure one of his last two stops was in Seattle where he went to the superbowl. So I’m not really sure how that’s a failure. Further more he has put a lot of talent in Cleveland they are just young and need to gel

  14. slickster35 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:27 PM

    More proof that Reggie is in over his head by a thousand miles.

    All the stupid moves make more sense now.

  15. pacodawg says: Feb 26, 2013 5:32 PM

    Mike HolMgrem should have been arrested for stealing money.

    CLEVELAND, OHIO

  16. packattack1967 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:34 PM

    paulsmith107 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:24 PM

    I’m pretty sure one of his last two stops was in Seattle where he went to the superbowl. So I’m not really sure how that’s a failure. Further more he has put a lot of talent in Cleveland they are just young and need to ge_______________

    he was fired as GM-I wouldnt call that a success

  17. bucksnknucks says: Feb 26, 2013 5:36 PM

    Hahaha….any team that would hire this man for anything but an NFL coach would be crazy. I think he got paid about $2 mill per day that he worked in Cleveland to accomplish nothing.

  18. efriedo says: Feb 26, 2013 5:36 PM

    Bill Belichick didn’t win in Cleveland either. So there’s that…

  19. chawk12thman says: Feb 26, 2013 5:42 PM

    Don’t forget Green Bay success for him also!

  20. kcflake says: Feb 26, 2013 5:51 PM

    Favre could make a return to sling the rock for the Raiders.

  21. brownspower says: Feb 26, 2013 5:51 PM

    Mike left the business of football a few years ago. He was last seen traveling the country looking for pro teams willing to give away millions of dollars. In return, he promises to do nothing. He’ll need at least 5 years to not complete his work.
    Good luck Oakland.

  22. glac1 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:56 PM

    The last time he accomplished anything in the league was 1998. Way overrated….

  23. Grinds My Gear says: Feb 26, 2013 5:57 PM

    First of all, no one wants to be in Ohio. Already prepared for the down votes. 2nd, Belichick didn’t do anything in Cleveland. 3rd, it was like Cleveland was winning anything with their 1st round picks either (Think Winslow, Thomas, Edwards, Quinn, Mack). There’s a few decent pieces, but their o-line is mediocre at best and there’s 2 perennial pro-bowlers on that line. I’m not sure how Holmgren could have improved that team the way he did. Still have no viable WR, and Holmgren came in with Quinn and Anderson on the roster.

  24. teambringitstrong says: Feb 26, 2013 5:59 PM

    All the experts on here, no wonder there are so few NFL jobs open. If you people spent more time looking in the mirror instead of judging people donig jobs that you can’t even sniff, maybe you would be doing a lot better with your 99% lives.

  25. bobzilla1001 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:01 PM

    efriedo:
    Bilichick didn’t win in the AFC Central back in the day because that division belonged to Bill Cowher and the Pittsburgh Steelers. There was another coach in that division doing a pretty job at that time down in Jacksonville: Tom Coughlin…

  26. halbert53 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:04 PM

    Hire Holmgren and then bring Favre out of retirement…yet again

  27. newelldesigns says: Feb 26, 2013 6:05 PM

    Being a life long Browns fan, I hope the walrus gets that job. Look at what H & H did in Cleveland, all the talent they have now. Only 2 mistakes they made were they wasted the 22nd overall pick in last years draft and got a schmuck for a HC.

  28. mcmuskie79 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:11 PM

    As a Browns fan, my condolences go out to the Raider Nation if The Big Show gets added to the payroll.

  29. thegame2love says: Feb 26, 2013 6:11 PM

    Holmgren is the Isiah Thomas of the NFL. Great coach, horrible front office guy. Good luck Raiduhs!

  30. tdubdizzle says: Feb 26, 2013 6:13 PM

    Quite interesting indeed! I wonder what kind of leadership role, he could be a real asset to The Raiders. The Raiders are only going up baby!!!

  31. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:20 PM

    Much rather have Homgren than that clown Lombardi Browns fans. Besides Holmgren did a good job at Cleveland. You all will see in the near future what kind of job he’s done there.

    I’m all for Holmgren just as long as he does his job from The Bay instead of Seattle.1st Holmgren, next Gruden, then a whole lotta hell to pay for the rest of the NFL for all the trash you all been talking about the Raider Nation. There’s hell to pay and on the field we’re about to start collecting debts.

  32. conjecture101 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:24 PM

    The Oakland Packers are an embarrassment to the Oakland Raiders. I knew the Raiders died with Al Davis, but i didn’t know they would go so far out of their way to disrespect him like this.

  33. raiderrob21 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:29 PM

    Why not? Rookie Owner, Rookie GM, and Rookie HC bring in some experienced leadership. I like it.

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!

  34. jayquintana says: Feb 26, 2013 6:29 PM

    You give Holmgren time to work with Terrell Pryor and watch out!

    Look what Holmgren did with Brandon Weedin!

  35. efriedo says: Feb 26, 2013 6:38 PM

    bobzilla1001 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:01 PM

    efriedo:
    Bilichick didn’t win in the AFC Central back in the day because that division belonged to Bill Cowher and the Pittsburgh Steelers. There was another coach in that division doing a pretty job at that time down in Jacksonville: Tom Coughlin…

    _____________________

    So you’re saying Belichick didn’t win because of Cowher? He went 4-12 in Cleveland because Coughlin was coaching Jax? That doesn’t make much sense. But I digress. The point of my statement was that nobody wins in Cleveland. If that franchise was a benchmark there would be a lot of good coaches that never coach again…

  36. brownoholic says: Feb 26, 2013 6:38 PM

    Fool me once, shame on the Browns.

    Fool me twice, shame on the Raiders.

  37. spellingcops says: Feb 26, 2013 6:43 PM

    tdubdizzle says: Feb 26, 2013 6:13 PM

    Quite interesting indeed! I wonder what kind of leadership role, he could be a real asset to The Raiders. The Raiders are only going up baby!!!
    ————————————————
    Well considering you can’t get much lower, I would actually tend to agree with you.

  38. blackngold4life says: Feb 26, 2013 7:18 PM

    If the role isn’t GM it won’t matter..

  39. radrntn says: Feb 26, 2013 7:26 PM

    well I am trying to figure out what the negatives are, and can’t really think of any……so probably a good thing, he could probably only help.There are a lot of people who like the Phil Jacksons, Pat Rileys, Bill Bilichick…type of coaches who can win with great players, but I give the Larry Browns, and the Bill Parcells more credit…that can create winners, by turning things around.
    Holmgren falls in more with the latter group because he did it with the Packers, and seahawks, and I do believe the Browns have a good young team right now, and he got canned to soon.

  40. packmanfan says: Feb 26, 2013 7:34 PM

    Stick a fork in him. He’s done. His glory days are done.
    And why does he keep going from one losing team to another?
    I guess it doesn’t matter to him. A paycheck is a paycheck.

  41. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 26, 2013 7:54 PM

    It kinda looks like Davis is figuring out that Reggie may have been a top-notch underling, but maybe not so hot at running the whole show.
    Everyone that’s good at their job isn’t going to be good in a higher position.
    I think he needs help. Holmgren wouldn’t be bad.

  42. lambeaufieldwest says: Feb 26, 2013 8:08 PM

    The Green Bay connection.

  43. aldavis4president says: Feb 26, 2013 8:17 PM

    I wouldnt mind the move..he knows football, I always thought the browns were a good qb away from bein competitive..he took the Seahawks to the superbowl aswell..I don’t think it would hurt to have him around. Prty smart guy if u ask me.

  44. nflhof says: Feb 26, 2013 9:06 PM

    The real question is can Holmgren sell some seats so the Raiders can maybe cut the tarp down in size.

  45. ern215 says: Feb 26, 2013 9:14 PM

    calm down everyone, its not like he is gonna be the head coach, he is simply gonna be an advisor and consultant, you can never have too many great minds.

  46. 1971siebs says: Feb 26, 2013 9:57 PM

    Lookout, the Big Show could be returning to the Bay Area. If he comes to you Oakland, just remember you’ll be on a never ending “5 Year Plan”. Also, become accustomed to the term, “it’s a process”. Whatever you do, don’t question him or you will hear this one, “don’t come to me asking for playoff tickets.” Mike, you were an outstanding coach, but as a front office man, you were terrible in Seattle, and in Cleveland. Do the NFL and yourself a favor. Stay on your deck in Arizona enjoying retirement.

  47. oakfosho says: Feb 26, 2013 10:59 PM

    Fire Reggie and his bottom lip now!! Welcome aboard Holmgren.

  48. toonloonboon says: Feb 26, 2013 11:22 PM

    leading their marching band?

  49. mikelitoris1 says: Feb 26, 2013 11:49 PM

    Smokescreen here folks. They’re really going to hire Matt Millen who will bring in Joey Harrington to compete with Carson for the starting job.

  50. scothawk says: Feb 27, 2013 2:38 AM

    The only thing he will lead the team to is the buffet table.

  51. torturedraiderfan says: Feb 27, 2013 8:36 AM

    Sounds to me like Holmgren was trolling around for a job so he could stay connected to football. He probably isn’t asking for much money, he just wants a football job. The Raiders could probably add him to the payroll for not a lot of money and he serves as another set of eyes. Makes sense and I don’t see much downside.

  52. mogogo1 says: Feb 27, 2013 9:57 AM

    Remember in Wrath of Khan, where Spock tells Kirk his best destiny is commanding a starship? Somebody needs to have that conversation with Holmgren. He’s a coach. He’s never been great at anything other than being a coach. He should return to where his talents truly lie.

  53. 916takeyawallet420 says: Mar 6, 2013 4:08 AM

    Wait, you’re telling me there are actually Browns fans? And they are hating on the Raiders? Somebody get Charlie Frye….

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