Former Seahawks and Packers coach Mike Holmgren said he plans to inform the Browns whether he'll direct their football operations, ''sooner than later.'' And he did not rule out serving in a dual role as coach and general manager.
Speaking on radio station KJR-AM 950 in Seattle Friday, Holmgren said, ''I'm not trying to leverage anybody.'' Holmgren has made it known that he wants to be considered for Seattle's vacant general manager position, but the Seahawks have hired a search firm and the process will go into January. Thus far he said the Seahawks have not reached out to him.
Asked why he wanted to give the Browns an answer soon after spending Monday and Tuesday in Cleveland, most talking to owner Randy Lerner, Holmgren said, ''In fairness to the Browns and their organization you have to do that. Whether it's me or anybody else, dealing with any organization, in fairness you have to make a decision and let them know. Exactly the day hasn't been decided, I would say sooner than later.''
Holmgren sounded disappointed that he hadn't been contacted by the Seahawks, where he coached for 10 years and has a home. His children and grandchildren still live there and he said being across the country in Cleveland would be difficult.
Holmgren didn't rule out serving as president of football operations, general manager or coach of the Browns.
''As far as the presentation, it would be any and all. It's a pretty wonderful opportunity for anybody. Exactly how the setup will be regarding me, that's something I'm still thinking about. It's my obligation to let the Browns know what I'm thinking that way.
"There is a little bit of a timetable we're operating on. I wanted some time to come back and think about it. That's where we are right now.'' Holmgren was speaking from his home in the Phoenix area.
Holmgren didn't definitively say he would fire coach Eric Mangini after one season with the Browns.
''It would be unfair for me to talk too much about that other than I like him. He's a good coach, a bright guy, works very, very hard at his job. We have to see. Any time you go in and are responsible for who that person is, in fairness to everyone, you'd better give everyone a chance. This is his first year in Cleveland. There are situations.
''There has been a situation, Bill Parcells did it in Miami after one year, made a coaching change. Having been a coach for so many years, I'd be the first one to tell you that's not very fair.
The tough decisions sometimes are not fair. I would do everything in my power to make sure it's the right one.''