A change of ownership in the Cleveland Browns front office has left one experienced former head coach without a job when thw 2012 regular season concludes. Mike Holmgren, who has occupied an office in the Browns front office for the last few years will be a free agent at the conclusion of this season. Rumors have already surfaced about the possibility that Holmgren might join the Dallas Cowboys next season in “some capacity.”
Holmgren was an effective head coach, but struggled in his front office job in Cleveland. Holmgren, 64, has a Super Bowl title to his resume and falls from the branches of one of the richest coaching trees in the NFL, cutting his teeth under Bill Walsh, known as the father of the West Coast offense. He has posted a career 174-122 overall coaching record and advanced to three NFC Championship games and two Super Bowls.
The rumor about Holmgren joining the Cowboys at the end of this season quickly spun out of control, forcing him to address the media this afternoon in Cleveland to deny the speculation.
Holmgren has stated that he might return to the sidelines as a head coach, but told reporters this afternoon that he “hasn’t talked to a single soul” in Dallas about a possible position if current head coach gets fired at the end of the regular season.Holmgren also tried to distance himself from being the source of the rumors floating around the NFL currently as well.
Truth be told, Garrett might just have to run the table with the Cowboys in the second half of the regular season in order to keep his job for the 2013 season. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a new $1 Billion dollar centerpiece stadium and just one playoff win in the last 16 years. Neither Jones nor his team is getting any younger and the door might be closing on the window of opportunity for Dallas to make a push towards a possible Super Bowl run.
Ironically, the Browns are coming off their bye week and head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys this week.
Last week, it was announced that New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton had his contract extension voided by the NFL, prompting massive speculation that Payton might become a free agent at the conclusion of the regular season. Many reports immediately connected the dots and linked Payton to the Dallas Cowboys.
Despite Jones’ refusal to say Jason Garrett is on the hot seat this year, and the Dallas coaching position will be in play at the end of this season. I realize that Holmgren came out and denied the rumors linking him to the Dallas Cowboys this afternoon, but fans need to realize that people in the NFL lie on occasion, and Holmgren might be trying to defuse possible tampering charges that could be levied by the league office.
Stay tuned, it’s looking like it’s going to be a very busy offseason on the coaching carousel.