By this weekend, the Browns will be in Mike Holmgren’s rearview mirror as he rides his motorcycle in Arizona.
Holmgren’s tenure with the Browns will officially end Friday. He and his wife, Kathy, will fly to Phoenix on Saturday. The Browns went 12-31 during his stint with the organization.
Hired by Randy Lerner, Holmgren began serving as the Browns’ president when he signed a five-year, $40 million contract on Jan. 5, 2010. But with new owner Jimmy Haslam and new CEO Joe Banner now in place, Holmgren decided it was the right time to leave.
“As far as contributing, it was done,” Holmgren said. “I had already passed the baton.”
Despite reports that Holmgren would be interested in coaching the Dallas Cowboys if the job becomes available, Holmgren insisted he doesn’t know what his future will hold.
"I honestly don't know if I'm gonna go back to work immediately or not," Holmgren said. "And I don't know if it'll be in football."
Holmgren reiterated that he didn't think the time was right to coach again when he had a chance to do so with the Browns. Still, he has not ruled out a return to coaching.
“I knew it would be a difficult thing watching games, "Holmgren said. "But maybe I didn't know how hard it would be. It was very, very difficult for me to watch."