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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Would Holmgren consider the Redskins?

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

DiLune2 asks: Mike Holmgren's name has been mentioned in connection with the Washington job. Do you think watching Jim Zorn's experience there has pretty much shut that door as far as he's concerned?

Mike Sando: No. I think Holmgren realizes he cannot rule out any teams. Quite a few other high-profile coaches could be looking for work as well. Holmgren will not be able to hand-pick what job he wants, most likely. It's also possible Holmgren could want only a front-office job, although finishing 4-12 in 2008, his final season as Seahawks coach, increases the likelihood he'll consider coaching, I think.

Listening to the Holmgren interview on KJR, I found it instructive to hear Holmgren talk about the importance of having powers spelled out clearly in contracts. If he could do over again in Seattle, Holmgren probably would have pressed to more clearly define then-president Bob Whitsitt's role in the organization.

If Holmgren took a coaching job with the Redskins, he would surely insist upon a certain level of autonomy and he would make sure owner Daniel Snyder put it in writing. Holmgren's credibility as a head coach would also help him define the relationship with Snyder on terms more favorable than the ones binding Zorn.