Mike Holmgren will return for a final season as coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
After spending the weekend with his wife at their offseason Arizona home, the 59-year-old veteran of 16 seasons as an NFL head coach announced his decision yesterday to fulfill the final year of his contract.
"Kathy and I came to this decision to finish my contract," said Holmgren, who had hinted at retirement for weeks. "This will be my last year. We are going to make it the best year ever.
"And then probably after that, I will take a little time off - but not yet. We are going to go after it hard."
The Seahawks have a likely heir to Holmgren in place in Jim Mora.
Soon after Mora was fired as coach of the Atlanta Falcons on New Year's Day, 2007, Holmgren added him to the staff as the assistant head coach and defensive backs coach.
Mora, 46, led Atlanta for three seasons and went to the NFC Championship game in his first season there.
"The transition beyond this year should be really smooth. The organization is healthy," Holmgren said.
He didn't mention Mora by name, leaving talk of his successor "for another press conference. I won't be there."
Holmgren did not rule out a return to football in 2010 or beyond. "Oh, I think you always have to say that's a possibility," he said, "but that's very speculative."
Gruden gets extensionCoach Jon Gruden was rewarded for Tampa Bay's worst-to-first turnaround in the NFC South with a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2011 season.
Gruden, who had one year left on a contract that was extended after the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl five seasons ago, earned about $4.3 million in 2007.
General manager Bruce Allen also was given a three-year extension, keeping him under contract for another four seasons.
Fassel, Redskins talkJim Fassel has become a top candidate for the Washington Redskins coaching job after a third interview with owner Dan Snyder.
The former New York Giants coach met with Snyder Monday, according to a person familiar with the selection process.
The person said Fassel is also the previously unidentified candidate who interviewed with the owner Jan. 11-12.
Fassel was also a strong contender for the Redskins job in 2004, but all candidates were eclipsed when Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs decided to come out of retirement. Gibbs resigned two weeks ago.