The coaching itch never completely left Mike Holmgren, who will walk away from the Cleveland Browns feeling mostly dissatisfied and unfulfilled.
His three years as an NFL executive didn’t go as hoped. And for perhaps the first time in his football life, Holmgren came up short as a leader.
“We did not win enough games,” Holmgren said Tuesday at his farewell news conference in Berea, Ohio. “I’m hoping the table is set for the future.”
Holmgren was asked if he had one more coaching stint left in him.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I know this: I learned a lot of things in the last three years. One of the things that I thought I knew and now I’m sure, I do miss the coaching part of it. I really do.”
After being hired by Randy Lerner in December 2009 to fix a dysfunctional franchise, Holmgren won’t complete his five-year contract as team president of the Browns, who now belong to new owner Jimmy Haslam.
Since Holmgren arrived, the Browns are 10-29, a record that pains the 64-year-old former coach who went to the Super Bowl two times with Green Bay and once with Seattle. He arrived in Cleveland with the best intentions, and although he rebuilt the team’s management, repaired broken business relationships and added talent to the roster, Holmgren failed to deliver a winner.
“The record speaks for itself, and ultimately people are judged on how many games you win,” he said.
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