The closer Mike Holmgren gets to the end of his coaching career in Seattle, the more reluctantly he seems to be going. Recently, Holmgren said he might not be done with coaching and even raised a question about the sabbatical he has planned with his wife.
Two weeks ago, he gave his version of how his divorce with the Seahawks took effect. Holmgren said he told the front office he probably would retire after the 2008 season, then went to Phoenix for a vacation with his wife. Upon his return, he told the team he might want to discuss an extension. But Tim Ruskell, the team's president of football operations, already had hired Jim Mora as his successor. The Seahawks were moving on without him.
Last week, Holmgren told Seattle reporters he has the itch to be a coach-general manager again because he hadn't handled it well when he got to Seattle. For a coach with three Super Bowls (and one win) on his resume, there probably will be another chance.
Among the teams that might have an interest in either a coach, general manager or both are the 49ers, Cowboys, Raiders and Redskins.
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"You have to readjust your mind-set and say: 'OK, we got that done," he said. "Let's put that behind us now, set another goal, re-establish what we're working towards and get our mind-set changed,' " Warner said.
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