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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
Comments

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2009 8:11 am
 

Holmgren high on Browns? Decision by Dec. 31

Cleveland could be rebuilt with remarkable speed.  They showed how competitive they can be last week against Pittsburgh.  Sure it was only one game, but they are only a couple of players away.  The truth is any franchise in the NFL could be rebuilt quickly with the right leadership and a couple of new players.  There is remarkable parity.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2009 12:16 am
 

Holmgren high on Browns? Decision by Dec. 31

I haven't heard anything about Holmgren talking with the 49ers organization.  As a matter of fact, I believe the Yorks came out very recently and said both the current GM McCloughan and Singletary's jobs were guaranteed for next season (though I guess that doesn't rule out another head office job).  If there were talks between Holmgren and the Niners, this is honestly the first I've heard of them.

I wouldn't be upset if Holmgren went into San Francisco...but I would be incredibly surprised.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2009 11:54 pm
 

Holmgren high on Browns? Decision by Dec. 31

I think what you said would be correct, if Holmgren's goal was to have a winning season soon. However, if his goal were to see if he could rebuild a team from the ground up, Cleveland would be the better option. He might not have the opportunity again.



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2009 11:54 pm
 

Holmgren high on Browns? Decision by Dec. 31

"If Mike wants to have a chance at a winning season any time in the next decade than Cleveland isn't the place to go."

Really?!?  The team wont have a winning record in the next 10 years?  Laughable.  Niner's homer maybe?



Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2009 11:37 pm
 

Holmgren high on Browns? Decision by Dec. 31

Holmgren would be wise to go to the 9'ers.  He has stated he loves the area and already owns a home there.  9'er fans love the guy, plus the 9'ers have many pieces in place to make them ready for a playoff run next year.  Cleveland is disaster and it would take years to get them out of the mess they've created there.  If Mike wants to have a chance at a winning season any time in the next decade than Cleveland isn't the place to go.



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