Holmgren always better suited for coaching

October, 23, 2012
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The most interesting piece of information coming out of Mike Holmgren's Tuesday news conference was him leaving open a return to the sidelines.

Asked if he has one more coaching stint in him, Holmgren said, "I don't know. I do miss the coaching part."

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No one can blame Holmgren if he doesn't want to end his football career this way. He doesn't want his last experience in the NFL to be one where he was pushed out as team president midway through the season.

I'm all for Holmgren seeking out a head-coaching position. That's where Holmgren enjoyed his most success. He won a Super Bowl with the Packers and guided the Seahawks there as well.

My take is he enjoyed the idea of being an executive, but he never seemed to embrace that role. Holmgren should've known coaching was where he should remain when he was relieved of the general manager title with the Seahawks at the end of the 2002 season. When I attended practices in Cleveland, Holmgren was always there on the field. He wasn't one to be stuck in an office. He wanted to be there on the sidelines.

Holmgren acknowledged that he considered taking over as coach after firing Eric Mangini. "I thought a lot about it, what I was willing to do, what I wasn't willing to do,'' he said. "At that time I wasn't ready for it. I thought I'd be shortchanging the organization.''

Would the Browns be in a different position if Holmgren had stepped in as coach? Probably not much different. There would've been a lot of growing pains in this Browns' rebuilding project regardless.

Holmgren will now fade into the background as Joe Banner takes over as the team's top executive. Holmgren turns 65 next June, which will probably scare teams away from considering him as head-coach candidate. But, based on an unfulfilled mission in Cleveland, you can't fault Holmgren if he explores the possibility.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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