Despite a win over the Steelers last week, the Browns are looking forward, and that includes a visit today from former Seattle and Green Bay coach Mike Holmgren. Word from the Akron Beacon Journal is that Holmgren is spending his second day meeting with the Browns about running their football operations.
Holmgren visited with the Browns yesterday and was again at the team’s headquarters in Berea today. Last month, owner Randy Lerner said he wanted to hire a “serious, credible leader” to run the team. The Browns are 2-11 and have lost at least 10 games six of the past seven seasons.
The one-time Super Bowl winning coach previously served as the Seahawks GM and has expressed interest about returning to the NFL. The 61-year-old Holmgren recently told a Seattle radio station he found the Browns’ front-office job appealing.
“There’s something in my personality, too, that taking on those types of projects, that kind of gets me going. But there’s a lot of work to do,” he said. “The important thing, going into any organization is that all of the principles, all of the decision makers are pointed in the same direction, with the same motives, the same desires, and then you have a chance.”
The big question if Holmgren comes aboard is what will happen with coach Eric Mangini. One would think that if Holmgren wants in, Mangini is not going to be back as coach in 2010. Mangini has said he would be open to Lerner bringing in someone to oversee the team’s personnel decisions. On Monday, Mangini said he and Lerner have not discussed the search for that person.
“That hasn’t really been the focal point of our conversations,” he said. “It’s more a function of the things that we’re trying to do week in and week out. We’ll visit some more and I’m sure we’ll see where that is.”