We had an opportunity to talk to former Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren on Thursday on a conference call from Cleveland.
Holmgren of course is in his second season of serving as president of the Cleveland Browns. But he still deals with the challenge of not putting his coaching hat on during practice, but offering enough support for his players and coaching staff.
Cleveland’s brass gave him an opportunity to throw his hat in the ring when they began the head coaching hiring process after Holmgren fired Eric Mangini in 2010. But after a day of soul searching with wife Kathy, Holmgren decided his coaching days were in the past.
“Is it difficult at times for me? Absolutely,” Holmgren said. “I watch the game now from a box with a tie on of all things. You get this feeling that I can’t do anything. I’m not helping.
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“I have no say whatsoever in the outcome of the football game. Whereas in coaching we’re all very much control-oriented people, and you thought you could really make a difference. So it’s a challenge.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers this report from Thursday’s practice, which includes comments from defensive coordinator Gus Bradley on his unit’s effective run defense.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times takes a look at the Seahawks odd couple, rookies John Moffitt and James Carpenter.
ESPN’s Mike Sando examines how NFC West quarterbacks have performed under duress.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports likes the Browns 22-17.
Stephanie Storm of the Akron Beacon Journal writes that the Browns could be without cornerback Joe Haden, running back Peyton Hillis and linebacker Scott Fujita on Sunday.