Mike Holmgren considers the opportunity to run the Cleveland Browns “very, very appealing’’ and plans to give the team his decision “sooner than later.’’
Holmgren, who spent two days meeting with owner Randy Lerner this week, said during his weekly radio show yesterday on Seattle’s KJR that he liked everything he learned about the Browns during his visit to Cleveland.
The former Seahawks and Green Bay coach sounded as if he’s leaning toward accepting the Browns’ offer, calling the chance to head the struggling franchise’s football operations “about as good a job situation as you can ask for in this business.’’
Holmgren praised Lerner and the Browns’ organization. He complimented embattled coach Eric Mangini. He said he hasn’t had much time to study quarterback Brady Quinn, but would be eager to.
About the only thing Holmgren didn’t say about the Browns was: I accept.
Holmgren, 61, did not rule out a return to coaching. When asked if a potential job in Cleveland would encompass team president, general manager or coaching, he said, “it would be any and all, I would say.’’
Holmgren wants to talk to the Seahawks about returning to the team he coached for 10 years. But to this point, Seattle is not showing the same interest.
He said he has not been contacted by anyone from the organization since GM Tim Ruskell resigned Dec. 3.
The Redskins Thursday hired Bruce Allen as general manager, son of late Redskins Hall of Fame coach George Allen, after Vinny Cerrato abruptly resigned. Allen maintained Zorn was still the Redskins’ coach.
“Give us some time to see how our relationship develops,’’ Allen said.
Zorn’s job status has been tenuous all season as the Redskins head into their final three games with a 4-9 record.