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Former Browns President Mike Holmgren tells ESPN he'll listen to coaching offers

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 1, 2013

The coaching bug never left former Browns President Mike Holmgren, and he never ruled out a return to the sidelines on his way out of Cleveland at the end of November.

ESPN’s Ed Werder recently asked Holmgren about a return to coaching.

“If anyone is interested, I’ll listen,” Holmgren said.

Holmgren spent his last day with the Browns on Nov. 30 after essentially being replaced by CEO Joe Banner, owner Jimmy Haslam’s right-hand man who oversees all aspects of the organization, including football operations. The same day the Browns visited the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 18, Werder reported Holmgren only had interest in coaching the Cowboys, but the job never became available.

Now Holmgren, 64, says he’s willing to entertain other opportunities. As a head coach, he guided the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowls, winning one, and the Seattle Seahawks to another.

Holmgren considered coaching the Browns after he fired Eric Mangini following the 2010 season.

“I thought a lot about it, what I was willing to do, what I wasn't willing to do, who I thought I could hire,” Holmgren said in October. “At that particular time, I wasn't ready to do it again. I didn't want to do it. I thought I'd be short-changing the organization.”

So Holmgren hired Pat Shurmur to coach the Browns instead. Shurmur went 9-23 in two seasons and was fired Monday along with General Manager Tom Heckert, whom Holmgren hired in 2010.


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