News

Mike Holmgren says he should have coached the Browns

Mike Holmgren says he should have coached the Browns

Former Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren gestures while answering questions during a news conference Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in Berea, Ohio. Holmgren is leaving the team immediately rather than stay on as an adviser through the end of this season. His exit raises more questions about a possible return to coaching and what he truly accomplished during his time with Cleveland. Photo: Associated Press, KPUG/AP Photo/Tony Dejak

According to ESPN.com, Mike Holmgren recently acknowledged in an interview that he should have coached the Cleveland Browns during his brief stint as the team’s president. Holmgren, 65, toldTheMMQB.com that he should have coached the Browns but former team owner Randy Lerner was against it.

Holmgren told the website, “I really just should have coached the team, but Lerner didn’t want me to.”

Holmgren guided his teams to three Super Bowl appearances during his 17-year coaching career with the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, but failed to build a winner in his two-plus years in Cleveland. The Browns haven’t reached the postseason since 2002.

Holmgren was hired by the Browns in December 2009 and retained coach Eric Mangini for the 2010 season when Cleveland went 5-11 for the second straight year. Holmgren replaced Mangini with Pat Shurmur, who went 9-23 in two years before being fired following the 2012 season.

Holmgren told the website, “At that particular time, I wasn’t ready to do it again. I thought I’d be shortchanging the organization.”

In 2012, the Browns announced that Holmgren would step down midway through the season, when Jimmy Haslam acquired ownership of the team.

Recent Headlines

in Local Sports

Hernandez dominant, Cruz goes deep as M’s beat Twins 2-0

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, June 8, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Mariners won 5-0.

Felix Hernandez tossed a five-hitter for his first complete game victory since August 2012, and Nelson Cruz gave him all the offense he needed with his major league leading ninth home run as the Seattle Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0 on Friday night.

in Sports

Harden, Howard lead Rockets to 130-128 win, 3-0 lead on Mavs

File Photo: James Harden at the NBA 2K15 Launch Celebration held at the Standard
Credit :	Derrick Salters/WENN.com

Monta Ellis missed a potential tying jumper just before the buzzer, leaving Dallas to face a fourth straight year without winning a postseason series since taking the franchise's first championship.

in Local Sports

Golf: WWU men are No.10 seed from West in NCAA II Regional

Golf

Vikings have gone to regionals every year since joining NCAA. Regional play begins Monday, May 4, at Vallejo, Calif

in Sports

Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner: My brain is more female than male

Photo Credit: Associated Press

Jenner spoke in a long-awaited interview televised Friday with ABC's Diane Sawyer saying that he has always been confused about his gender identity.

in Local Sports

Seahawks, Sounders & Pete Carroll shine in front of over 15 thousand youngsters at We Day Seattle

Team members of the Seattle Seahawks, inspire 15,000 students at We Day Seattle at the KeyArena at Seattle Center on April 23, 2015. Photo Credit: Jim McMeachin/Free The Children

The event brought together students and educators from over 500 schools that are taking action on local and global causes that are important to them.