Mike Holmgren may be close to a return to the Seattle Seahawks. In an interview with KJR Radio out of Seattle, Washington, it appears that Mike Holmgren is interested in returning to the Seattle Seahawks. Mike Holmgren was the former coach and general manager for the team, but left at the end of the 2008 season to take some time away from football. He never really called it a retirement, but rather a time away from the NFL to spend with his family and take a rest from the constant work that is associated with most jobs like this in the NFL. Now in a new interview he has stated that he would like to come back to Seattle if he is given the right position.
It looks like the only thing standing between Mike Holmgren and the Seattle Seahawks would be how much power the team is willing to hand over to him. He sounds very willing to return if he is given a lot of control over team operations, and he also stated that he doesn’t just want a position where he would be wearing a suit and tie and not really making any decisions for the team. Now it will come down to whether Seahawks owner Paul Allen and the chief executive officer Tod Leiweke would like to work with Holmgren again in the future. Holmgren did take the Seahawks to the Super Bowl for the first time in team history, and helped develop quite a few of its best players. He has a nice resume, so it seems from the outside that he should be welcomed back to the team.
The reason that interest by Mike Holmgren is even being talked about right now, is that the position of general manager and team president has just opened up again with the Seahawks. Both of those jobs opened up on Thursday when Tim Ruskell resigned from his positions with the team. It was reported that the team forced Ruskell to resign because of the performance on the field these past two seasons (4-12 in 2008 and 4-7 in 2009 so far). It seems that the on-the-field performance came back to really hurt Ruskell, but with so many injuries to Seahawk star players these past two seasons it’s hard to place blame on anyone.
The Seattle Seahawks and Mike Holmgren may be a long way from actually sitting down to talk about his possible future with the team, or Paul Allen could be looking at this as a way to get a proven name back into their front office without missing a beat. There are definitely other teams out there interested in bringing Mike Holmgren into the fold, so Seattle will need to act quickly before someone like the Cleveland Browns or the Buffalo Bills scoop him up. Holmgren made a lot of fans in Seattle, and bringing back a familiar name would certainly go a long way towards fans having more confidence in the Seahawks management.
Holmgren Interviews with KJR AM