Should Holmgren accept it, he would play basically the same role that Bill Parcells has played in Miami: He'd be in charge of pretty much everything football related, including team philosophy, personnel, and hiring and firing coaches and GMs.
Naturally, that brings us to Eric Mangini, the Browns' first-year coach who seemed to be doomed just a few weeks ago. But that was before the Steelers started their "Hey, maybe you shouldn't fire your head coach just yet" tour, which may have bought Mangini some time. A decision on whether or not to keep Mangini would be the first thing on Holmgren's plate if he took the gig.
It would be a great thing for the Browns if he did. Holmgren has been a coach, he's been a GM, he knows how an organization should work and he knows what it takes for a team to be a Super Bowl contender. He's gotten to that level with two different organizations.
Will he take the job? Well, the fact that he's in Cleveland and talking to Randy Lerner is a good sign. Other offers may come up, though. I would think that complete control would be an important thing to Holmgren, as would the fact that Cleveland comes with a die-hard fanbase built-in. On the downside, it's true that Cleveland isn't a beautiful tropic locale, but having coached in Seattle and Green Bay, that may not be terribly important to Holmgren. The job itself -- turning Cleveland into a winner -- sort of seems like a losing battle, too.
We'll see what happens. The one perk Holmgren might not be able to turn down is the twice-yearly chance at revenge for Super Bowl XL. Keep your fingers crossed, Browns fans.
- Eric Mangini