Mike Holmgren just turned down a senior leadership position with the Seattle Seahawksand now looks even closer to saying yes to the Cleveland Browns job. The thing right now however is that no one really knows what that job will entail. Will Holmgren be the czar of football operations much like Parcells in Miami or will he be the GM/coach? On his weekly Friday radio address Holmgren hinted that “all positions” could be an option. As a Browns fan, I must say that I love the idea of bringing Holmgren in to the fold. I just don’t know about him wearing all the hats he’s potentially toying with. The Browns need leadership at the top. Period. They need that leadership to trickle down throughout the organization. Actually I take that back. They need that leadership to drowned the organization to the point it is so saturated it could stand up and run itself. Holmgren could be that guy.
Now don’t get me wrong. If he wants to be coach, Randy Lerner couldn’t turn him down. You don’t see many Super Bowl coaches knocking on the door of the Browns to become the head coach. The Browns have been in shambles ever since returning to the league and Holmgren’s resume would at least entitle him to be the next in line to see what he could do.
I gotta believe that this is what he’s leaning towards. I think his year off taught him that being out of football and coaching isn’t in his blood and that he craves the leadership and challenge of turning a team around. He did it in both Green Bay and Seattle. Can he do it in Cleveland?