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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
What took so long with Holmgren?

By James Walker

The initial reaction to Mike Holmgren meeting with the Cleveland Browns to discuss their vacant front-office position is simple.

Mike Holmgren
Mike Holmgren was in Cleveland Monday and will continue meeting with Browns officials on Tuesday.
It's about time.

Why this meeting didn't take place weeks earlier is somewhat baffling. Holmgren flat out said he was interested in Cleveland, and the former Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers coach fits the criteria of a "credible" leader Browns owner Randy Lerner discussed in November.

If Cleveland plans to make a hire before the end of the regular season, Holmgren is probably the team's only choice. A majority of other qualified candidates are working hard for their teams during this stretch run, and many will be involved in the playoffs, which doesn't help Cleveland (2-11).

As the Browns continue to talk with Holmgren, here are some key questions that probably are being discussed: It should be an interesting few weeks for the Browns. Holmgren would be a solid hire for Cleveland if the team can close the deal.