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Mike Holmgren sounds like a man who wants back in

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Mike Holmgren is retired. For Good. Maybe.

In a profile of the 66-year-old former coach of the Packers and Seahawks, Greg Bishop of the MMQB.com leaves the clear impression that Holmgren might still have the itch to get back in.

He’s still cruising through the final months of his contract as the Browns president, a stint that ended poorly. And that may be why he is thinking about getting back in.

“That will be it, pretty much,” he said. “Unless something big comes up.”

Big names such as Holmgren (or Jon Gruden, or Brian Billick) can find it hard to get back in, or at least in the right spot. And post-football work as a television analyst or radio host is frankly a lot easier than coaching, but the draw is undeniable.

“I know guys who coached after 65,” he said. “I thought I would. The more I’m moving away from it, it’s flattering when you get a call from somebody. It strokes your ego. Then you start to think, Hey, I could do that! I mean, I miss it. I miss the coaching. I miss it.”

“I’m quote-unquote retired, . . .I’m semi-retired.”

That kind of ambivalence is not uncommon among old coaches, and the portrait Bishop paints of Holmgren is of a man torn. He knows the grind, he knows the stress, and he knows the access to his family he has now won’t be the same if he gets back in.

But it sounds obvious he wants back in.

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54 Responses to “Mike Holmgren sounds like a man who wants back in”
  1. thepftpoet says: Jul 17, 2014 1:45 PM

    After he suffered from the fate of being a coach of the Hapless Green Bay Packers, he never recovered.

    I actually have sympathy for this man.

    A sad, sad story.

  2. pkrlvr says: Jul 17, 2014 1:47 PM

    Now we know where Favre got his indecisiveness!

  3. steelerben says: Jul 17, 2014 1:51 PM

    The problem with bringing back a marquee coach after he’s been retired for a while is that the game passes them by. When Rod Marinelli is better at coaching the Tampa 2 then Monte Kiffen, Joe Gibbs’ second stint with the Skins showed why he’s better off staying in NASCAR and Jay Gruden getting a head coaching gig before Jon, it shows that you’re much better off getting a fresh face.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 17, 2014 1:53 PM

    Still better though if you can lock down a younger person who can handle the grind much better, and they might have better ideas of how to run a team than Holmgren anyhow. Nothing wrong with shooting for the best on both ends and a team that can find the quality young talent and lock that down for the future has greater upside potential to tap into. Plus there is a great chance of saving a lot of salary cost while still getting a better overall coach or manager or executive. If you can win better and increase profits, then that’s the best case scenario you want to diligently strive for.

  5. iman62 says: Jul 17, 2014 1:53 PM

    This guy was a tire fire in Cleveland.

  6. jwcarlson says: Jul 17, 2014 1:56 PM

    Could have been a legend in GB if he would have waited for the GM job instead of leaving to be coach/GM in Seattle. I think he could have won another one with Favre.

    He would have certainly been better than Ray Rhodes and Mike Sherman.

  7. stonegossardstyle says: Jul 17, 2014 1:58 PM

    I translate that to read I would’ve taken the Skins job w/total control or another big job as long as I have total control as a Coach and GM type. But short of that, I won’t, and I doubt I will be offered that again.

  8. skolvikesskol says: Jul 17, 2014 2:00 PM

    Would you want a player in his same situation? Thumbs for yes, down for no.

  9. giocosoman says: Jul 17, 2014 2:01 PM

    His lack of effort in Cleveland should pretty much sum up whether anyone would want him. No one should trust him.

  10. themagicfanguy says: Jul 17, 2014 2:06 PM

    And he won a ring in GB, imagine how sad his story would be if he he was the coach of one of those loser franchises like the queens.

  11. nicopenelope says: Jul 17, 2014 2:08 PM

    Agree, would have won more if stayed with Favre in Green Bay instead of taking the Microsoft money in Seattle. Favre and Holmgren accomplished a lot together in a short time.

  12. bassplucker says: Jul 17, 2014 2:11 PM

    Go home, Mike. You’re drunk.

  13. lbpackfan says: Jul 17, 2014 2:12 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Jul 17, 2014 1:45 PM
    After he suffered from the fate of being a coach of the Hapless Green Bay Packers, he never recovered.

    I actually have sympathy for this man.

    A sad, sad story.

    ———————————————

    Playoffs 6/7 years there

    Super Bowl appearances winning one of them

    A sad, sad story indeed.

  14. jbinamac says: Jul 17, 2014 2:13 PM

    Sure Mike wants to get back in, he just has to find the next sucker to pay him $40 Million to show up at 10a, take 2-hour lunches, and leave the office at 3p.

  15. weepingjebus says: Jul 17, 2014 2:13 PM

    Good for him. When you’ve got the diabeetus you need to stay active.

  16. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jul 17, 2014 2:26 PM

    if he really missed the coaching, he has but to make a call, and someone would hire him to coach their offense. he misses the big check and the big attention.

  17. Grulks says: Jul 17, 2014 2:30 PM

    No head coach has ever one a superbowl with more than one team. I dont think that it ever will happen. What works for a team, in a given time, is not universally successful. If that were the case, teams would just copycat coaching styles, and whomever got closest would win.

    The game is fluid, and changes quickly every 5-6 years or so: defenses went from rigid, to flex, to multiple set defenses. Offenses went from: run only, to lateral passing, to fwd pass, to west coast, to pass first, to wild cat, to read option.

    I dont think a coach exists that COULD immediately win with one team, and then rapidly switch to another and win. Jon Gruden was probably closest, be he had the foresight of knowing almost everything about the Raiders in the “gruden” bowl.

  18. nosleeptilsb says: Jul 17, 2014 2:33 PM

    Unless its simply a money grab, which you dont need, coach those who could really use it. Pick your favorite High School like Brett did.

  19. jhorton83 says: Jul 17, 2014 2:36 PM

    Might get back in as a coach, but giving him any personnel authority is insane. He is historically awful at that.

  20. ajgreenhof says: Jul 17, 2014 2:36 PM

    I’ve always like Holmgren I actually thought the Browns would get better under him.

    I wish him the best of luck.

  21. packerbackernj says: Jul 17, 2014 2:37 PM

    jwcarlson says:
    Could have been a legend in GB if he would have waited for the GM job instead of leaving to be coach/GM in Seattle. I think he could have won another one with Favre.

    He would have certainly been better than Ray Rhodes and Mike Sherman.
    ——-

    The GM position was owned by Ron Wolfe, until Ron Wolfe didn’t want it anymore. Ron changed the entire culture of the green bay packers. Trading for favre, giving reggie what he wanted and hiring Holmgren were the 3 keys to Green Bay getting out of the basement. If it wasn’t for Ron, the past 20 years we’d be what the vikings were.

  22. kwjsb says: Jul 17, 2014 2:38 PM

    He needs another GM job…. in at 10:30 home by Noon

  23. Marshawn Lunch says: Jul 17, 2014 2:38 PM

    Mike is a great coach, but a VERY bad GM. He can coach up talent, but he’s very bad at finding talent. He would be a GREAT new coach for the Dallas Cowboys. But, hiring him means you have to hire a competent general manager to replace Jerruh Jones. If, and this is a huge IF, you can get Holmgren as coach and get Jerruh to step into an Owner only role, and find a new GM.. Those Cowboys could become a dynasty.

    It’ll never happen.

  24. mogogo1 says: Jul 17, 2014 2:42 PM

    I feel like he wasted a lot of years trying to be a GM when his true calling was as a coach.

  25. ronarch13 says: Jul 17, 2014 2:43 PM

    Go away! Never come back and ruin someone’s team like you did mine. How does his EGO fit indoors? As good of a coach he may have been he is equally horrible in the front office. Go Browns! Watch out where ever this guy goes, he will chew up your franchise and spit it out skin and bones.

  26. gutcheck907 says: Jul 17, 2014 2:45 PM

    the guy did nothing good in CLE and made 50 million dollars. He is a supposed qb guru and drafted Weeden. He was critical of the Browns for trading Richardson-boy that was right on. He needs to ride off into the sunset and count his money he stole for doing nothing

  27. realfootballfan says: Jul 17, 2014 2:46 PM

    After the Raiders fire their clueless coach, they should be all over this. Ditto for the Dolphins.

  28. ariani1985 says: Jul 17, 2014 2:47 PM

    come back to Green Bay and join the carnival!!!!
    A complete circus every day!!! 8 days a week!!

  29. packsoldier says: Jul 17, 2014 2:57 PM

    Just so we know where things stand.

    Championships:

    Mike Holmgren: 1 (in about what, 15 seasons or so?)

    Minnesota Vikings: 0 (in the entire 54 season history of their sorry franchise)

    So the $64,000 question is this: If Mike Holmgren sucks, where does that leave the Vikings?

  30. pkrlvr says: Jul 17, 2014 3:02 PM

    Don’t forget, the pack didn’t want him as gm regardless. It was never an option.

  31. iamkillerfin says: Jul 17, 2014 3:03 PM

    C’MON DOWN TO MIAMI when Philbin gets CANNED!!!

  32. badguy711 says: Jul 17, 2014 3:11 PM

    I’m a Hawks Fan and I was sad to see Holmgren go. He would have had more success if it wasn’t for Tim Ruskell. Obviously the change worked out but I still hold him in high regard. And his team in Cleveland had a lot of good pieces in place. More than people want to give him credit for.

  33. ytownjoe says: Jul 17, 2014 3:23 PM

    Pity the poor team that hires him.

  34. rcali says: Jul 17, 2014 3:45 PM

    He did a fine job in Cleveland. He kept the team drafting in the top 10.

  35. aa1829 says: Jul 17, 2014 4:00 PM

    For those who weren’t paying attention, this man quit on the Packers at half time of the super bowel during his last year in Green Bay. It has been widely reported that the Packer players confirmed that he refused to change anything about his game plan at half time, and just wanted the game over. For that reason I have no respect for this man, and I use the word man loosely, and their is no warm and fuzzy relationship with any of his former players on that team.

  36. rodd1 says: Jul 17, 2014 4:01 PM

    Find some good books to read, Mike !!!

  37. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 17, 2014 4:15 PM

    the league is better w/o Holmgrin

    dude can ride his motorcycle to the Golden Corral and tell stories of the old days….. lib fruit

  38. ydousuk says: Jul 17, 2014 4:18 PM

    For those who weren’t paying attention, this man quit on the Packers at half time of the super bowel during his last year in Green Bay. It has been widely reported that the Packer players confirmed that he refused to change anything about his game plan at half time, and just wanted the game over. For that reason I have no respect for this man, and I use the word man loosely, and their is no warm and fuzzy relationship with any of his former players on that team.
    ————————————————————-
    Ya, because Green Bay was winning all of those Super Bowls before he got there huh?

    Toughen up buttercup…..

    Go Hawks

  39. tedmurph says: Jul 17, 2014 4:18 PM

    Holmgren and Gruden to Miami next yr.

  40. tigersfandan says: Jul 17, 2014 4:35 PM

    steelerben says:
    Jul 17, 2014 1:51 PM
    The problem with bringing back a marquee coach after he’s been retired for a while is that the game passes them by. When Rod Marinelli is better at coaching the Tampa 2 then Monte Kiffen, Joe Gibbs’ second stint with the Skins showed why he’s better off staying in NASCAR and Jay Gruden getting a head coaching gig before Jon, it shows that you’re much better off getting a fresh face.
    ____________________________________

    Tell that to Dick Vermeil.

  41. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jul 17, 2014 4:39 PM

    ydousuk says:
    Jul 17, 2014 4:18 PM

    Ya, because Green Bay was winning all of those Super Bowls before he got there huh?

    Toughen up buttercup…..

    Go Hawks
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Well, they did win that one the previous year (their 3rd of 4 Superbowl wins in 5 tries and their 12th of 13 World Championships). Your Hawks were great last year, I’ll give you that, but come back and let me know when they achieve the Packers’ level of success.

  42. whatjusthapped says: Jul 17, 2014 4:42 PM

    If he’s willing to wait a few seasons, the Viking head coach job will open up and we all know how much the Vikings love Packer retreads.

  43. alankelly2013 says: Jul 17, 2014 5:50 PM

    He was a pretty darn good coach for the Seahawks. We like him a lot out here. We hold him is very high regard. He got his team messed up by that idiot Tim Ruskell staring right after their Superbowl appearence until the coach left in 2008. But he had put together a pretty good team that dominated the NFC West for about 5 seasons. It took them a little too long though to get to the top so when they finally got to that superbowl their window was already closing. It would have been nice to get that just a couple of years earlier. The potential was there, just couldn’t quite get it done. That’s what makes this young team right now so exciting. This could be quite the run ahead of us.

  44. axespray says: Jul 17, 2014 6:47 PM

    Ron retires – Ted becomes the GM – Holmgren remains the coach.

    Favre easily wins a lot more than 1 superbowl.

  45. jerrahsucks says: Jul 17, 2014 6:58 PM

    Mike Holmgren rode Brett Favre’s coattails to 1 super bowl win, then got unbelievably outcoached the following year, and lost to a very inferior Denver team. At Seattle he did nothing but get really lucky 1 time, then coached that game not to lose, instead of doing what a horrific underdog should always do, and go for broke. Because he was a good little assistant, every NFL coach vouched for him and he got a rep. As a GM, he was a total joke, look at what he left Seattle, and my God, look at his history in Cleveland. Does Brandon Weedon in the 1st freaking round, make any sense. Any team that would hire him now, is a poor excuse for a franchise.

  46. pacodawg says: Jul 17, 2014 7:01 PM

    Should b charged with theft with the cash he stole from the browns

  47. mackcarrington says: Jul 17, 2014 7:05 PM

    It’s interesting, though, how he made sure that he got most of his Cleveland money before making noises about getting back in the game.

  48. hawkforlife says: Jul 17, 2014 10:47 PM

    Lousy GM, fair coach, has no people skills on the field. Just take your money and go on an extended vacation.

  49. rajbais says: Jul 17, 2014 10:49 PM

    Had he only replaced Mangini with himself.

    Holmgren is a HOF coach, but a terrible executive.

  50. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 18, 2014 6:26 AM

    Of course he wants to get back into coaching his money stream is running out.

    This guy did absolutely zero for the Browns and that’s a slight to the number zero.

    He was on the gravy train. Rumors had it he didn’t come in until 10 am and was gone by 230. Not exactly the type of hours coaches work.

    Buyer beware on anyone who hires this guy. He just wants the money. He’s a paycheck employee.

  51. GenXJay says: Jul 18, 2014 7:27 AM

    We love cheesebay retreads. The Vikings can promote you to towel boy.

  52. sonofad says: Jul 18, 2014 11:08 AM

    He may never get another NFL opportunity, but he’ll always be able to cherish his Packer Superbowl ring and that magical championship season that cemented his legacy.

  53. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 18, 2014 1:43 PM

    poet’s first comment actually made me laugh, haha. Good one, guy! He was a decent enough coach, I thought.

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  54. rukkus1 says: Jul 20, 2014 10:43 AM

    I don’t think he was anything extraordinary in seattle

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