Holmgren weighs his future after leaving Browns

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

Outgoing Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren isn't sure whether he'll remain with the team for the rest of the season and says he hasn't closed the door on coaching again in the NFL.
Holmgren, 64, addressed reporters at a news conference Tuesday at Browns headquarters in Berea, Ohio, and said his involvement with the team will hinge on whether new owner Jimmy Haslam III and incoming CEO Joe Banner seek out his advice and input.
"We'll take it one day at a time and see how it goes," Holmgren said. "I'll focus on the football side now. I want to feel like I'm contributing. I think I can help a little."
When he leaves the Browns, Holmgren plans to take some time off from football. But he said he still has an affinity for coaching. His 161-111 career record as a coach includes a Super Bowl championship with the Green Bay Packers.
"I do miss the coaching part," he said.
In the three years since the Browns hired Holmgren to run the organization, the team's record is 10-29, which he lamented. Since then, Haslem took ownership of the team and changed the direction of the front office.
"My time was shorter than I hoped, but I understand what happened," he said.
Holmgren said he considered taking over as coach after Eric Mangini was fired.
"I thought a lot about it, what I was willing to do, what I wasn't willing to do," he said. "At that time, I wasn't ready for it. I thought I'd be shortchanging the organization."
During his brief tenure, Holmgren hired Pat Shurmur as coach and Tom Heckert as general manager. It's uncertain whether they'll be retained by the new regime after the season.
"I don't think you can get a better general manager than Tom Heckert," Holmgren said. "And Pat is a bright young coach."
Holmgren also expressed optimism about the Browns' direction with rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden.
"I think the organization has a bright future because it's found a quarterback," he said.
Drafting Weeden was one of the marks Holmgren will leave on the Browns.
"I think we did a lot of great things here," Holmgren said. "The tough part that I will feel bad about is that I wasn't able to help enough to put a winning product on the field yet."

What to Read Next