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Holmgren hasn't decided on Mangini

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 28, 2009

New Browns president Mike Holmgren said he has not made a decision on coach Eric Mangini.

Speaking on a 25-minute conference call for the first time since he agreed to terms of a five-year contract a week ago, Holmgren said he will arrive in Cleveland Monday and will meet with Mangini next week. Holmgren anticipated he would meet the media in Cleveland on Tuesday.

''I met with Eric when I was back there for a brief stay. We talked on the phone a couple times about football issues,'' he said.

''I think it would be really unfair, he's at the end of finishing his first season. The team is doing well and clearly responding to him. That type decision will be made once I get back there.''

Holmgren said he would have final say on the 53-man roster, but will hire a general manager and perhaps two more football people.

Asked if his duties had been spelled out, Holmgren said, ''I have way too much responsibility. I'm really looking forward to it. It's quite different than what I'm used to. I went to Seattle as coach/general manager/executive vice president. We did have a president I answered to in between me and the owner. Then my duties changed there.

''This time Randy Lerner is my boss and I answer to Randy. It's my job to kind of direct traffic and put the organization together after that. I have all the responsiblity anyone could ask for, then I have to hire good people.

''Right now I'm putting through the structure of the organization, how I'd like to do it, a lot of things can't be done until the season's over, other people and other positions. I'll answer that more clearly at the next meeting next week.''

Holmgren didn't rule out coaching again in the future, even though he said that will not happen in 2010.

''As far as coaching, in the near future I'm not going to do that,'' he said. ''Things can change, I suppose down the road. I accepted this new challenge in my career, I'm really excited about it. It's different, I won't be on the field. I'll do everything in my power to make the head coach successful.''


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