Mike Holmgren talked to a Seattle radio show today on 950 AM KJR and there were a few revelations. Here’s a shortlist.
- Holmgren misses being a teacher and a coach
- Holmgren admits that he thought about becoming the Browns’ head coach
- He discussed it with his staff and asked if he should make himself a candidate
- His staff thought it would have been a good idea if Holmgren wanted to do that
- Ultimately it seems like his wife helped him come to the decision not to do it
- When asked if Holmgren thinks he passed his last opportunity to be a head coach by hiring Pat Shurmur, Holmgren still will never say never, but that his age remains a prohibitive factor.
- Randy Lerner told Holmgren that he had his back if he wanted to go that way.
- Holmgren said that he talked to Cowher and Gruden
- Gruden said he would come back for Mike Holmgren, but apparently didn’t sound eager to want to coach again for himself.
Click below for the audio of a couple of the meaty questions…
So just as many expected, Mike Holmgren considered coaching the team himself. Not surprisingly his direct reports who were hand-picked didn’t tell him it was a bad idea. Shocker!
Also in the interview, Holmgren claims that he always asked Eric Mangini’s permission to talk with players. Give the show host credit though. He prodded Holmgren into admitting that he never really expected to be told “no” and he would have been mad about it if he had been.
So there you have it. Mike Holmgren was closer to returning to coaching than maybe some thought he was. Ultimately his wife talked him out of it.
The rest of the interview was about the labor situation. Mostly just “the company line” type of stuff there.
(H/T to Rotoworld)