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Holmgren high on Browns? Decision by Dec. 31

Posted on: December 15, 2009 9:56 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2009 10:43 pm
OK, here's the deal with Mike Holmgren: He leaves Cleveland Wednesday after spending all of this week there and would like to have his future resolved by the end of this year. That doesn't mean he takes that long, but he could.

The dilemma for Holmgren is this: He has a number of opportunities, and he must weigh them the next few weeks before making a decision. For the moment, Cleveland looks like the frontrunner, with Browns' owner Randy Lerner courting Holmgren heavily as a future GM or team president. There has not been an offer, but that isn't an issue. There will be.

But Cleveland isn't alone. Buffalo is interested in as a GM, too, and Dallas have spoken about him. So have Seattle and San Francisco. Holmgren will return to the NFL next season, and he almost surely will do it not as a head coach but in a GM/president capacity. The only question is: Where?

The Seahawks would seem to be the most likely choice, partly because of Holmgren's familiarity with the franchise and partly because he has a home there. But they may lose out to Cleveland, with Holmgren intrigued by the possibilities of retooling a club from the ground up -- much as he did in Green Bay in 1992.

If that happens, coach Eric Mangini almost surely would be out, with Holmgren picking his own head coach. Holmgren and Mangini met on Monday, but it isn't known what they discussed.
Category: NFL

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2009 4:54 pm

Holmgren high on Browns? Decision by Dec. 31

well thanx buddy , by the way steelers suck

Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2009 4:44 pm

Holmgren high on Browns? Decision by Dec. 31

While I can agree Cleveland's season is a disaster I wouldn't agree you can't win there for 10 years.  The Browns lack talent at the offensive skill positions but they do however have some very good players at some very important and tough positions to fill.  Joe Thomas is arguably the best left tackle in the game and only in his third year.  Left tackle may be the second most important position on the field.  Alex Mack, their first round draft pick, has played the center position at a high level for a rookie and shows promise.  Steinbach the left guard is a legit starter nothing special.  The right guard and right tackle positions need improvement but it's easier to find decent right tackles and guards than left tackles and center.  Quinn is young and right now it's tough to tell what he will become but this we know Alex Smith isn't going to be anything special in the NFL.  San Fran has Gore, V. Davis and Crabtree.  Cleveland doesn't have anyone of that calibler at those positions but at least they don't have a bunch of money tied up in any busts at those positions anymore after Mangini got rid of Edwards and Winslow.  On the defensive side of the ball Cleveland has Shawn Rogers who is great but aging and also a decent young talent in Rubin who has stepped in nicely for Rogers in both the preseason and now that Rogers is out.  The linebackers are very ho hum but once again not a lot of cap space eaten up by these guys.  Eric Wright is becoming a very solid corner for the Browns and is also only in his third year.  Cleveland has 11 picks in the upcoming draft, cap room and a young QB that is gaining experience so I just don't see it as a place that has no chance to win in the future.  I think Cleveland has already hit rock bottom and is on it's way up as long as they can bring in someone to guide them the right way.  I'm not predicting a Super Bowl any time soon but I think they can progress over the next couple of years and see where they end up. 

The 9er's need a QB!  Frank Gore is very good but Rb's don't have a long life in the NFL and by the time the 9er's develope a young QB his better days will be behind him.  Crabtree is and will be a stud for a long time.  Vernon Davis seems to be getting better but is he worth the contract?  I'm not nearly as familiar with the 9er's situation as I am Cleveland's but I'm not sure they're honestly set up too much better to challenge for the top in the future than the Browns.  I just don't know their cap situation or their draft situation but they don't blow you away  when you watch them on TV.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2009 2:45 pm

Holmgren high on Browns? Decision by Dec. 31


Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2009 2:41 pm

Holmgren high on Browns? Decision by Dec. 31

Potential Superstar on a very bad team. CRibbs was the reason plus the 8 sacks that they beat Pittsburgh the other night. I like D.J. as a player but i think he's a THUG TOO!!

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2009 2:37 pm

Holmgren high on Browns? Decision by Dec. 31

Ron Wolf was the one who rebuilt Green bay , Not big Mike. I don't kno what ppl see in him as a GM or Prez. He did it for Seattle as GM/Coach before he was made to give up the GM title. I wouldn't want him as my GM. I thank GReen Bay everydau that he wanted to leave the Packers!!!

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2009 1:41 pm

Holmgren high on Browns? Decision by Dec. 31

Dallas? No one wants to be the GM in Dallas. Ask Dan Reeves. He didn't last one day with Jerry Jones. You can have any title you want in Dallas. Everyone knows Jones calls the shots. I wouldn't be surprised if he calls plays. That's why Wade is the perfect fit. Cowher,Shanahan,Gruden,Holmgren,Reeves, etc..These guys aren't going to work for Jones. i guarantee you the next head coach at Dallas is Jason Garrett. Jerry doesn't need a GM. He is the GM ,head scout, and head coach. It's no different than working in Oakland. All you have to do is look at how they draft.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2009 10:59 am

Holmgren high on Browns? Decision by Dec. 31

As a Steeler fan, I couldnt care less about the plight of the Browns. But to say that Cleveland is a disaster and it would take years to fix is ridiculous. Have you been following the NFL this past decade??? Teams go from 4-12 to 12-4 in one season. It doesnt take that much to turn the fortunes of a franchise around.

Yes Cleveland has struggled lately. But they have a passionate fan base and an owner who is trying to do the right thing. It would be a good fit for Holmgren.

Akron Buckeye
Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2009 10:06 am
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Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2009 9:58 am

Holmgren high on Browns? Decision by Dec. 31

and the best return man in the league. not to quibble as the colts return leaves much to be desired and joshua cribbs is an electric player, but i'd still take desean jackson over him

Since: Dec 8, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2009 9:25 am

Holmgren high on Browns? Decision by Dec. 31

I agree, 3-5 of the starting line is completely built up, and there are two rookie recievers that have promise.  Quinn has shown recently that he can be an NFL QB (last Thursday in 40 MPH wind doesnt count).  The Browns also already ahave a dominant nose tackle, and the best return man in the league.  Besides that, they have a ton of draft picks stockpiled. 

Holmgren may find this position less challenging than an old Seattle team that isnt very good and plays in a crappy division. 

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