Mike Holmgren, the Browns’ lame-duck president, would only return to coaching for the Dallas Cowboys job, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported today, citing a source.
Holmgren made the rounds today during pregame warm-ups at Cowboys Stadium. He shook hands with former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who held the same role with the Browns from 2009-10, patted Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on the shoulder and drew the attention of cameras by chatting at midfield with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for about seven minutes.
Last Sunday, Jason La Canfora of CBS reported that Holmgren “has serious interest” in coaching the Cowboys if the job opens. Holmgren said Monday he hasn’t expressed interest in the job, but he never said he wouldn’t be interested if it became available.
On Tuesday, Jones voiced his support for Garrett but also couldn’t resist praising Holmgren during an interview with the Cowboys’ flagship radio station, 105.3 The Fan.
“I’m fired up about [Garrett] and what he can be coaching the Dallas Cowboys,” Jones said. “Mike Holmgren is someone that I can’t tell you on an individual basis how much I respect him. He’s everything that you would want as far as a coach is concerned. I appreciate, it was a compliment, when he was talking about how he was impressed with our talent and the fact that we could work together, and that’s just the case. But make no mistake about it, I’m saying that because of Mike. And he doesn’t need me to talk about what a great guy he is. Our fans probably need to hear that he’s a great guy. But bottom line is it’s all about Jason with me.”
With owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner now in charge of the Browns, Holmgren will leave the organization at the end of this season if not earlier.