With new ownership in place, the Cleveland Browns had already decided to replace team president Mike Holmgren with Joe Banner. The move was announced mid-season but Holmgren is now finished with the franchise with Sunday being his last game with the Browns. Was this the swan song for Holmgren as he finds his way into the broadcast booth or will he return to the sidelines next season with another team?
Holmgren has publicly stated that he would be interested in coaching the Dallas Cowboys next season. The Cowboys are currently led by Jason Garrett, but the team has been sloppy this season and Garrett has had some clock mangement issues under Garrett’s leadership. Owner Jerry Jones seems to be growing frustrated with his team being mired in mediocrity and the playoffs look like a longshot this season.
The first coach which was linked to the Cowboys possible vacancy this season was Sean Payton. The league voided Payton’s contract extension and he will become a free agent coach at the end of the season. Dallas would be crazy not to extend an offer to Payton. There is a history with Payton and the Cowboys and Payton has family that lives in the Dallas area.
Jason LaCanfora reported last week that Holmgren would only return to coaching if the “perfect scenario” arises and reports surfaced that the Cowboys and Holmgren have had talks.
I fully expect the Cowboys to make a coaching change at the end of the season, barring some remarkable late season run. Payton, Holmgren or perhaps Jon Gruden could find themselves in the mix for the vacancy.
Holmgren has not coached since 2008. He was fired after the end of the season while posting a 4-12 record. He has amassed an overall record of 161-111 record in 17 seasons. He has won 8 division titles between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. He has advanced to the Super Bowl three times, winning a title in 1996 with the Packers.
Holmgren’s front office ability was called into question during his tenure in Cleveland. Rumors surfaced about his work ethic and his decision making was questionable. He retained head coach Eric Mangini for a season too long and he has really struggled to land a starting quarterback.
Mike Holmgren might be the very coach that Dallas needs in order to take QB Tony Romo to the next level. He has experience with quarterbacks which make mind blowing turnovers, he coached Brett Favre in Green Bay. He would inherit an offense with playmakers in need of tweaking and could turn the Cowboys around and get them back to the post-season.
The underlying question is going to be whether or not Holmgren would be able to function under Jerry Jones, who also operates as the team’s general manager.