Mike Holmgren might want to put those retirement plans on hold.
His dream job is open.
The San Francisco 49ers fired coach Mike Nolan Monday after he opened the season 2-5. Mike Singletary will take over as the interim coach.
If Singletary doesn't turn the 49ers around, it's unlikely he keeps the job. That means it's an audition. If the 49ers don't play well, Holmgren, who is leaving the Seahawks after the season, might be the top option.
The personnel people who I talked to who know Singletary say he's a future star in the coaching profession. But some of them wonder if he's ready. During interviews so far he hasn't come across as a man who was fully prepared for the jobs, which is why he didn't get them. Word out of Atlanta was he didn't have a prepared list of possible assistant coaches he would hire, which turned off some in the organization.
Experience can change that. Maybe the final nine games can help mold him. If not, then the 49ers might look to Holmgren, a former assistant under Bill Walsh in the glory days when the 49ers were winning Super Bowls. Holmgren is building his retirement home in the Bay Area, so it makes a lot of sense.
Holmgren says he promised his wife he wouldn't coach in 2009, but this may change that.
I think it just might. My gut says one of the Mikes will be coaching the 49ers next season, whether it's the Hall of Fame linebacker or the Hall of Fame coach.