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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Don't expect Holmgren to join Raiders

By Bill Williamson

While anything can change, don’t expect Mike Holmgren to join the Oakland Raiders’ front office at this point.

Raiders owner Mark Davis a few months ago spoke with the former coach and executive about a leadership role within the organization. And while such a role could be revisited down the road, the word around the NFL is that the pairing likely won't happen. Davis has said he is looking for more leadership in the front office, and has considered hiring a business leader with the intent of helping the team secure a new stadium.

I don’t think it’s a bad thing if the Raiders don't bring Holmgren in. He is a football man, not a businessman. If he were brought in, it could undercut general manager Reggie McKenzie, and I don’t think Holmgren would be interested in doing that. The two go back to their Green Bay days together in the 1990s.

Having someone like Holmgren in the building could put undue pressure on McKenzie and could create acrimony in the front office. The Raiders are rebuilding, and McKenzie needs to build the team his own way. Having Holmgren looming over him could potentially be counterproductive.

Davis wants to win, and he should be applauded for considering someone like Holmgren. But as this pairing seems unlikely, I think the Raiders can continue to focus on getting better under the guidance of McKenzie.