When Mike Holmgren left the Browns last month, he didn’t rule out a return to coaching. And according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the rumors are already starting to fly as to where Holmgren could end up (i.e. the Dallas Cowboys).
Holmgren, who is finishing up a disappointing three-year run as the Browns’ team president, has said he would consider a return to coaching, where he already has a case for potential Hall of Fame induction. Some sources who know Holmgren well believe Dallas is the one potential opening that would truly interest him, given the competitiveness of the roster, the skill players present and his long relationship with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Holmgren and Jones worked closely together for more than a decade on the NFL’s Competition Committee. If the perfect scenario does not arise, sources close to Holmgren expect him to retire.
It’s interesting that Dallas has come up as Holmgren’s preferred choice, given the fact that Jason Garrett is currently the head coach there and few “official” signs have been given that he will be let go at the end of the season.
At the same time, though, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. At this point in Holmgren’s career, he wants to inherit a team that is already built to win. He would come in, bring in his own tweaks to the system, and try to make a run at one more Super Bowl. Coaching a team like the Browns means he’ll be in rebuilding mode for the foreseeable future (as he knows all too well) with no guarantee of better days.
Jerry Jones responded to the rumors today.
“Of course, Mike Holmgren is a heck of a coach,” Jones said before the Cowboys’ 38-23 victory over the Eagles. “But the facts are that Jason Garrett gives us an outstanding chance to be what we want to be. So, there you have it. I wouldn’t comment one way or the other there with Mike.” (Source: Cleveland.com)
Does anyone really believe Jones though?