Reports out of Seattle tonight are that Mike Holmgren has officially turned down a “senior leadership position” with the Seattle Seahawks. Many NFL pundits are making the jump that his decision to spurn Seattle means he will join the Browns. There are conflicting reports bouncing on twitter about whether or not the position he turned down was one with complete autonomy or a position in which we would be “joining” the current power structure and working within their guidelines. It was initially reported in Seattle that he turned down a “Club President” position with complete control but that does not appear to be the case. Peter King is “guessing” he turned down Seattle because the money in Cleveland dwarfs Seattle’s offer and he would have much more control in Berea. The OBR, as usual, is all over the Browns-Holmgren courtship and theorizes his preference for Cleveland has less to do with money and more to do with organizational structure – namely one where there’s Mr. Holmgren and everyone else below him. It’s obviously a logical step to think that his decision to not re-join the Seahawks organization means he could be heading to Berea in the future. But let’s not assume it’s a done deal simply because he turned down the Seahawks. Regardless, that’s your breaking news on the Holmgren front this evening.
Image courtesy of Chuck after Mr. Holmgren came out yesterday in his radio interview in Seattle and announced his distaste for the term “czar.”