Mike Holmgren says 49ers weren’t interested

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Four years ago, 49ers G.M. Trent Baalke supposedly wanted to hire then-69-year-old Bill Parcells to be the next head coach of the team.  Now with the job open again, Baalke apparently isn’t interested in 66-year-old Mike Holmgren.

That’s what Holmgren told Mitch Levy of KJR radio in Seattle on Monday, via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group.

And so now Holmgren has no interest in returning to coaching.

That’s it,” he said.

Holmgren, who previously coached the Packers and Seahawks, once served as offensive coordinator in San Francisco.  He previously had declined to rule out a coaching comeback, after a more recent stint as the president and surrogate owner of the Browns.

79 responses to “Mike Holmgren says 49ers weren’t interested

  1. As a Niners fan, THANK GOD!! I’ve seen a lot of Niners fans on here wanting Holmgren for some reason. He rode Brett Favres coattail to one super bowl win, and was decent in Seattle. But the Browns disaster told me everything I needed to know. I hate our front office, but they can do better than Holmgren. Please, God, not any Shanahans, McDaniels, Gases or any other turd out there.

  2. Out of the way, Holmgren – the 49ers have a date with mediocrity, and no one’s going to stop them!

  3. I’m done. This is the guy I wanted and the Niners aren’t even interested? Now they spit in the face of a guy that helped build the organization with Bill Walsh. Jed and Baalke, you have done nothing but piss me and all the other fans off. You truly have no idea what you are doing. I live near Buffalo – I can become a Bills fan.

  4. From the tone that he gives off in his weekly interviews here in the northwest, he seems pretty at peace with where he’s at.

    Best of luck Coach!

  5. Considering Holmgren would likely want to do more than “coach”, I am sure Baalke wanted no part of that.

  6. You gotta at least interview the man. He took two different franchises to the Super Bowl. He’s the best teacher, and can breed head coaches(successors). That’s crazy not to interview him and hear his ideas.

    49ers already know who they want though(Tomsula). This coaching search for the most part is just to give their fanbase the impression of due diligence.

  7. Did anyone really believe they’d bring in a strong personality like Holmgren after divorcing Harbaugh?

  8. Mike Holmgren was the worst hire in Browns history. Given the state of that organization since 1999, he should be tarred, feathered, and locked up in the stocks.

  9. Whew! That was too close to bringing in a coach that builds winners for this Hawks fan. Come on Jed! Get Shanahan or Ryan in there and let’s complete the implosion of this once proud franchise! It’s the Trent and Jed show!

  10. To all you 20 year olds that don’t know much and think that he rode Brett Favre to a superbowl. How come no one else was able to ride Brett Favre to a superbowl? How come Brett Favre never went to another superbowl after Holmgren left? He played more than 10 additional years. Holmgren went to another superbowl with Matt Hasselback as his QB. The 49ers also won 2 superbowls while he was coaching the offense. Brett Favre has 2 superbowls with Holmgren, 0 without. Holmgren has been to 5 superbowls. I guess Hassleback made Holmgren too.

  11. Fangio is getting this job. No idea who OC and QB coach will be
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    This would be my bet as well. This is a suicide gig for pretty much any coach brought in from the outside, and all the more some young guy without prior HC experience in the league. Promoting from in-house will not only help the Niners fill the position quicker, but will mean a much better chance that the veteran leaders of this team stay on board.

  12. I look at this two ways….You turned down a head coach who has actually been to multiple Super Bowls both as an offensive coordinator and head coach and has a history with your team. Wait to see who they pick and they will probably regret this decision. Mike wanted more control over personnel and player decisions than they were willing to give….another mistake…

    On the flip side what was Mike thinking when he went to Cleveland to do anything more than turn out the lights and get the owners to sell the team before they turned into the mockery that they are today? He must have had some serious head wound we could not see……

  13. I’d love to see Fangio as HC but fear his focus will be defensive minded and how much focus will he put on the needs of the offense, especially getting Kap comfortable in the pocket and giving him the protection he needs.

    But I think we all know Fangio will be the next HC

  14. pau49ers says:
    Jan 5, 2015 1:45 PM

    To all you 20 year olds that don’t know much and think that he rode Brett Favre to a superbowl. How come no one else was able to ride Brett Favre to a superbowl? How come Brett Favre never went to another superbowl after Holmgren left? He played more than 10 additional years. Holmgren went to another superbowl with Matt Hasselback as his QB. The 49ers also won 2 superbowls while he was coaching the offense. Brett Favre has 2 superbowls with Holmgren, 0 without. Holmgren has been to 5 superbowls. I guess Hassleback made Holmgren too.
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    I’m not 20 years old. You’re missing the point of Holmgren. He left the Packers for Seattle to be Executive Vice President/General Manager and Head Coach of the Seahawks. Him going to the Niners simply would not work. He wants to be more than a head coach, and his horrible tenure with the Browns should really open up your eyes. It’s not happening, bro.

  15. WHo the heck would be interested in this guy? Why does the media keep pushing him and Cowher despite no evidence that anyone ever has them on their list of candidates? Holmgren wasn’t all that great his second time around and would be an epically terrible hire by any NFL team after what he did to Cleveland. STOP pushing him, media!!!

  16. niners816 says:
    Jan 5, 2015 1:37 PM

    “But the Browns disaster told me everything I needed to know. I hate our front office….”

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    Ladies and gentlemen…..”that” fan.

    FYI…..Holmgren is a heck of a coach……but he’s proven he’s not such a great GM. Don’t get the two mixed up.

  17. I give Holmgren a pass on what happend in Cleveland. As everyone that has ever touched that franchise has failed. I just the way it is.

  18. I’m not 20 years old. You’re missing the point of Holmgren. He left the Packers for Seattle to be Executive Vice President/General Manager and Head Coach of the Seahawks. Him going to the Niners simply would not work. He wants to be more than a head coach, and his horrible tenure with the Browns should really open up your eyes. It’s not happening, bro.
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    19 seasons as a head coach. 15 seasons he had a winning record. Yes, he had control at Seattle and he took them to the Superbowl, and took them out of the gutter. And really, you want to forget the other 19 years and put the spotlight on his 4 full years with the Browns? Give me one guy that could turn that organization around in 4 years. Plus, this past year was the best record they’ve had since 2007. It’s the Browns, even Bellicheck failed with the Browns.

  19. Yet they interviewed Shanahan for four hours. They just love to wallow in that dysfunction. Fangio is their man, if they miss that and he leaves, welcome to rebuilding. Rebuilding in the NFC West equals last place.

  20. I don’t get why the Niners wouldn’t seriously consider Holmgren. He’s a proven winner with two different franchises.

    Let me amend that: I DO get why. And it’s because the Niners want a longterm coach, not a guy who can coach for 3-4 years and then leave the Niners looking for another new coach.

    But I don’t get why the Niners wouldn’t want one of the best offensive minds out there. Remember folks: He wasn’t the coach in Cleveland. There’s a big difference between being a coach and being a front office executive. HUGE difference.

    I don’t like Shanahan for the job. I’m lukewarm on McDaniels. But the more I think about Adam Gase, the more I like him. Sure, he’s ridden Peyton Manning’s coattails the past couple years, but let’s not forget that he managed to get a great year out of Tim Tebow. That translates well for Kaepernick’s skillset.

  21. I wouldn’t mind Shanahan. I want someone with experience. Stop saying Shanahan failed with Washington, everyone fails with Washington. Even Joe Gibbs failed his second time around. The ownership has made that organization bound for failure. Same thing with Holmgren and Cleveland. It seems like everyone on here only remembers the last 5-10 years.

  22. Holmgren is a great coach but you have to wonder if time has passed him by. It’s a different league, and while I think he can still succeed it’s hard to find coach of his success level not wanting to have final say on all personnel matters. We all know that’s his weak point.

  23. pau49ers says:
    Jan 5, 2015 2:04 PM
    I’m not 20 years old. You’re missing the point of Holmgren. He left the Packers for Seattle to be Executive Vice President/General Manager and Head Coach of the Seahawks. Him going to the Niners simply would not work. He wants to be more than a head coach, and his horrible tenure with the Browns should really open up your eyes. It’s not happening, bro.
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    19 seasons as a head coach. 15 seasons he had a winning record. Yes, he had control at Seattle and he took them to the Superbowl, and took them out of the gutter. And really, you want to forget the other 19 years and put the spotlight on his 4 full years with the Browns? Give me one guy that could turn that organization around in 4 years. Plus, this past year was the best record they’ve had since 2007. It’s the Browns, even Bellicheck failed with the Browns.
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    Mike Pettine seems to be turning the Browns around, or at least pointing them in the right direction. It’s not like the Niners are in the gutter. They had one sub-par year and people think they went 0-16. Why would you want Holmgren who’s 66 to come coach, when in 3-4 years they will want a younger coach? The Niners front office want a “yes man”. And Holmgren would want a lot of control. It wouldn’t work.

  24. Holmgren’s reputation now is what he failed to accomplish in Cleveland. Nothing more, nothing less.

  25. pau49ers says:
    Jan 5, 2015 1:37 PM
    I’m done. This is the guy I wanted and the Niners aren’t even interested? Now they spit in the face of a guy that helped build the organization with Bill Walsh. Jed and Baalke, you have done nothing but piss me and all the other fans off. You truly have no idea what you are doing. I live near Buffalo – I can become a Bills fan.
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    I’m a Packer fan and I was in Buffalo last month for the Bills game. Other than the loss, I absolutely loved it. That town and their fans are the closest thing to the Packers, in terms of small town loyalty, etc. Give up on the 49ers, they’re gonna be terrible. The Bills have a great, young defense and are pretty well set at the skill positions, they just need a QB. Their o-line is damn good, too. I’d easily become a Bills fan, if I were you.

  26. boiler72 says:
    Jan 5, 2015 2:27 PM

    “Give up on the 49ers, they’re gonna be terrible. The Bills have a great, young defense and are pretty well set at the skill positions, they just need a QB.”
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    Did you really just say that? lol.
    You DO realize that 49er defense finished in the top-5 and in the end was playing with 3rd and 4th stringers. Essentially all season they didn’t have Willis and Bowman (the 2 best LB’s in the game), a large part missing Aldon Smith (another one of the game’s best), Glen Dorsey who played exceptionally the prior season and in total had 18 players placed on IR compared to 4 the year before.

    The 49ers are so much closer than what people want them to actually be…..particularly Buffalo.

    But luckily it’s easy to get a QB so they should be set…wink wink.

  27. Dummies. They’re acting like they can be picky. A HOF caliber coach just fell into their lap and they turned him away. Lol. What coach wants to go to that situation. Have fun interviewing the jets rejects.

  28. Quite why 9ers fans on here are still blaming Baalke for Harbaugh’s departure is beyond me? It’s clearly documented that it was Littleman Jed wanted rid and used the media to implicate Baalke as the bad guy. That’s his right as owner. But please wise up people. As for Holmgren? Er no thanks, his time has gone. I’d be very happy with Fangio and a top quality OC to run Kaep and the offense fully. Good to see the Seahawks fans are still more concerned with our off season than their own post season! Quality! Must be tough with no history of your own that you have to worry your Pathetic North Western little minds about!

  29. What is the reasoning for the emphasis on the coaches age? Are you implying that age is a factor in the non-interest? If so, please explore and provide proof.

  30. Mike Pettine seems to be turning the Browns around, or at least pointing them in the right direction. It’s not like the Niners are in the gutter. They had one sub-par year and people think they went 0-16. Why would you want Holmgren who’s 66 to come coach, when in 3-4 years they will want a younger coach? The Niners front office want a “yes man”. And Holmgren would want a lot of control. It wouldn’t work.
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    I agree with you, and think the 49ers have all the talent to be good next year. The problem is that York and Baalke want too much control and it’s not working. I want them to hire him and give him the keys to the car and get out of the way. If they find another “yes man” then the real problem isn’t fixed. I was kind of hoping management would say “We need to bring someone in that can do this better than us.” I’m 50/50 on Baalke in recruiting talent. He’s had some great picks, but then again no one is left from the 2012 draft class. Holmgren was given this opportunity in Seattle and it worked. Let me ask you…… do you want Baalke and a “yes man”, or Holmgren running the show? I want Holmgren running the show, Fangio running the defense, and Holmgren grooming an offensive coordinator for the future. It won’t work if management isn’t willing to relinquish some power – THE CURRENT POWER STRUGGLE DOESN’T WORK. So you can’t say the other alternative won’t work either because then you are doomed to failure.

  31. There were only three options here. Holmgren, Shanahan, and Fangio. You can’t ask Fangio to work for Tomisula. “I’m promoting the guy that works for you to be your boss” doesn’t work. Although, nothing that the Niners are doing makes any sense to me so it could be highly likely.

  32. Watching the Niners implode is fun. The funniest thing is when Jed indicated that he was getting rid of Harbaugh because he didn’t win the Super Bowl. He took them out of the gutter and made them contenders. Now they will sink back into obscurity, no matter who they get to coach. Just because you have money and power doesn’t mean you can find your butt with both hands, Jed.

  33. pau49ers says:
    Jan 5, 2015 2:42 PM
    Mike Pettine seems to be turning the Browns around, or at least pointing them in the right direction. It’s not like the Niners are in the gutter. They had one sub-par year and people think they went 0-16. Why would you want Holmgren who’s 66 to come coach, when in 3-4 years they will want a younger coach? The Niners front office want a “yes man”. And Holmgren would want a lot of control. It wouldn’t work.
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    I agree with you, and think the 49ers have all the talent to be good next year. The problem is that York and Baalke want too much control and it’s not working. I want them to hire him and give him the keys to the car and get out of the way. If they find another “yes man” then the real problem isn’t fixed. I was kind of hoping management would say “We need to bring someone in that can do this better than us.” I’m 50/50 on Baalke in recruiting talent. He’s had some great picks, but then again no one is left from the 2012 draft class. Holmgren was given this opportunity in Seattle and it worked. Let me ask you…… do you want Baalke and a “yes man”, or Holmgren running the show? I want Holmgren running the show, Fangio running the defense, and Holmgren grooming an offensive coordinator for the future. It won’t work if management isn’t willing to relinquish some power – THE CURRENT POWER STRUGGLE DOESN’T WORK. So you can’t say the other alternative won’t work either because then you are doomed to failure.
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    First of all, I cannot stand Baalke or York. Jed is a silver spoon turd, who has earned nothing and makes my head hurt when he talks nonsense. Baalke is his puppet. If I had it my way, Harbaugh would have signed an extension, but Baalke and York are ridiculous. If Harbaugh wanted a little more control, don’t you think Holmgren would too? Since we can’t have Harbaugh, I’d like to see Fangio take over at HC, Tomsula take over at DC, and I really don’t know about the OC. I want Roman gone for sure, but I want someone to come in and groom Kaepernick. I think Kaep can be the QB, but he needs a lot of work.

  34. No matter what York and Baalke say now, I think they’ve already made up their minds to hire from within their organization. But to maintain any credibility with 49 fans after the debacle they created the past two years, York is going to play out this puppet show.

  35. I’m not 20 years old. You’re missing the point of Holmgren. He left the Packers for Seattle to be Executive Vice President/General Manager and Head Coach of the Seahawks. Him going to the Niners simply would not work. He wants to be more than a head coach, and his horrible tenure with the Browns should really open up your eyes. It’s not happening, bro.
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    No one knows how much control Holmy would want in SF. It could be that he wants to just go back to what really worked, Holmy coaching and a good GM filling the talent pool of the franchise.

    (Now Sf would have to come up with a good GM but maybe Mike believes that is how it can be?)

  36. Mike wanted more control over personnel and player decisions than they were willing to give….another mistake…
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    The 49’ers are channeling the Bears.

  37. Holmgren has been out of coaching for too long, Shannahan (similar credentials, same coaching tree) has only been out one year.

    Honestly, Fangio is who the 49ers should hire if they can find a good OC. I’d be okay with Shannahan, Pep Hamilton, or a couple other guys too.

  38. Tuna, Holmgren…what’s next Marv Levy and Don Shula? Do you honestly think any of these coaches that they keep “interviewing” will be their choice? It’s Fangio’s job to lose…he knows that team inside and out and has great respect from the veterans on that ballclub. If you bring in someone with ZERO street credit (cough cough Denver’s OC or anyone else), this team might as well be blown up because they will not be happy with this coach. Remember this is the same team that also promoted Seifart as their HC after they won a SB and Coach Walsh retired. It’s Fangio’s job to lose with Rex the hamburglar coming in a distant 2nd.

    – One happy 49ers fan!

  39. Holmgren thought he could run an NFL franchise from the back deck of his house in California. When he was actually in Cleveland Jimmy Haslem could fly in from Tennessee on any given morning and still beat him into the office. Do you really want that work ethic from your head coach, Niners Fan? He’s just looking for another sucker to hand him a big payout.

  40. Ok….

    Trent and Jed can hire anyone they want. It’s their team and their pick.

    That being said…. you guys on here blasting Holmgren for his Cleveland days must be young or new to the NFL. Holmgren is an adept offensive mind. He took two different teams to the Super Bowl. For those claiming that he rode Brett Favres coattails, do you forget he went to the Super Bowl with an average defense and MATT HASSELBECK? I’m a Hawks fan. I love my team, but lets not in any way pretend that Matt is heading to the Hall of Fame, that he will be on the ballot for the Hall of Fame, or EVER be considered a snub for the Hall of Fame. He’s MATT HASSELBECK.

    Honestly, I don’t know if Holmgren still has the fire to be a head coach. I don’t know him personally, and I don’t know how much his time in Cleveland screwed him in the head. But to not even sit down and talk with him makes no sense to me.

    The strength of the Whiners is that defense. You have a stud defense that was wrecked by injuries and suspensions this year…. and still stayed afloat. You have a defensive coordinator on staff that has proven his accumen and has obviously done wonders with what he has there.

    So Baalke and York want to talk to Ryan? A different defensive mind. Why would you want to mess with what you have on defense? The defense was NOT the problem with this team. It has, like my Hawks, been the strength of the Whiners.

    Theres a good chance that Gore is gone. Kaep is a mess. Boldin is reaching the end. Stevie Johnson is NOT a top two receiver. Vernon Davis is now appearing on the back of milk cartons. The protection up front broke down way too frequently this year.

    Why would you look at a Defensive guy? It makes no sense. Bring in an offensive mind. Talk to Shanny. I didn’t say hire him. But talk to him. Talk to Holmgren. Talk to anyone you can find that has offensive pedigree. Talk to anyone that claims to have a vision for this offense.

    For gods sake Baalke and York, don’t screw our rivalry up by being idiots. This rivalry is too good and too fun.

  41. 49ers fans should be thankful that Holmgren will not be coaching their team. The man is an utter failure and quite frankly I don’t know how he lasted as long as he did.

  42. Jed and Trent are interviewing these retread but tenured coaches to hear what a great organization they run. If you’re begging a janitorial firm to hire you of course you’ll tell them how sweet their ship really smells. Even tho you don’t mean it. Meanwhile 49er brass heads continue to swell…

  43. I’m sure glad the Niners did hire an OLD coach… cuz old coaches can’t coach, right?

    Sincerely, Pete Carroll (oldest head coach in NFL)

  44. Inspite of all of this, Terrell Owens called to talk about how he’s a perfect fit for what Holmgren wants to do on offense.

  45. Their next HC will be Jed York.

    York will also handle all of the locker room duties and trainers duties etc…

    He inherited a Billion dollar franchise. Apparently the only way he can keep it that way is by nickel and dimming the people who could add value.

    I’m sorry 49er fans. I lived through the McCourt Divorce and it SUCKS having a POS owner who cares nothing about the team and uses it as a piggy bank.

  46. The interview was scheduled for 9, he showed up at 11, then ate all their donuts. Oh well, there will be more opportunities, I’m sure….

  47. Mike Smith would be a perfect fit. The players all like playing for him. He knows how to coach. And he stays out of the limelight.

  48. First of all, I cannot stand Baalke or York. Jed is a silver spoon turd, who has earned nothing and makes my head hurt when he talks nonsense. Baalke is his puppet. If I had it my way, Harbaugh would have signed an extension, but Baalke and York are ridiculous. If Harbaugh wanted a little more control, don’t you think Holmgren would too? Since we can’t have Harbaugh, I’d like to see Fangio take over at HC, Tomsula take over at DC, and I really don’t know about the OC. I want Roman gone for sure, but I want someone to come in and groom Kaepernick. I think Kaep can be the QB, but he needs a lot of work.
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    With respect to where you are coming from – I agree with you 100%. However, the Harbaugh thing is done and I would have liked to see Jedidiah and Baalke make a decision that shows that they are dedicated to winning going forward, not on who holds the power. And I do agree that Baalke is more of a puppet than people think. He wasn’t Jedidiah’s first choice for GM when they were looking to hire Harbaugh – he was the internal back up plan. I just decided I will only call him Jedidiah from now on – I have no idea if that his birth name, but I have just baptized him with it.

  49. Holmgren doesn’t want to coach unless he’s also the GM. That would mean Jed would have to send Baalke packing. So see, there WOULD be an advantage to hiring Holmgren.

  50. They weren’t interested because Holmgren is an old school dude that knows what he is talking about and won’t put up with the school yard antics of Jed and his lackeys

  51. 30 year DIE HARD 49ers fan here, announcing I’m a free agent. any team out there worth my time and possibly money?

  52. he is a better choice than so many that will get head coaching jobs in the next 2-3 years.

    but he also is known for wanting full control. I would gladly let him choose from a list of GM candidates, but would tell him its coaching or nothing at all. double duty rarely works if ever.

  53. Mike you forgot more football than anyone in the front office mgt. at this time. This ship has sailed …. Tampa , Jacksonville, here we come.

  54. So: Mike Holmgren interviewed for 49ers HC job, SF not interested, Holmgren says he is done w/ coaching. I think he would be a good fit @ SF if he has any juice left. MikeH is among the best at building a team and developing QB’s. He was an asst with SF under the greatest coach ever (Bill Walsh) and coached Joe Montana.

    Just look at his record: *five* SB appearances — how many coaches can make that claim? We all know what he did with Brett Favre at GB. It should be no surprise he imploded @ Cleveland … where NO ONE excels.

    His downfall has been wanting full control — to be HC and GM. Very few coaches have pulled this off. Coaches should stick to coaching and leave the business side to someone who knows business.

  55. Why would the Niners want to go backwards after being a playoff contending team under Harbaughs tenure? Holmgren benefitted from having a great QB and a great team playing for him and he has been exposed as the fraud he is ever since he left the Packers, He is another Phil Jackson who also wouldn’t have been anything without the services of Michael Jordan, I mean what did he do for Seattle because it got his ass run off and then Cleveland was desperate and gave him carte blanche and he did absolutely nothing to improve the franchise, Just go away Holmgren because its plain to see you need a ready made team to be a winner and I also think its funny that Phil Jackson is also being exposed with the Knicks!

  56. Holmgren established winning — and winning expectations — in Seattle. Make no mistake, his legacy was a key ingredient in last year’s Super Bowl victory.

    Holmgren re-established winning — and winning expectations — in Green Bay. Like Seattle, he changed the long-term trajectory of the franchise for the better.

    Cleveland – have NO idea what happened there. Before we could find out, Haslam bought the franchise and remolded it in the image of one his Flying J rebate programs, and Holmgren proved an effective scapegoat after the fact.

    My only critique of Holmgren’s career judgment is that he interviewed with the increasingly notorious Yorkie and Balky and that current Dumpster fire of a franchise in Santa Clara at all. A yes man gets that job, period. Football experience preferred, but not required.

  57. The 49ers clearly want a “weak” coach — someone like a Dave Campo or a Mike Riley, where Baalke is the puppet-master.

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