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Browns nearing hire?

Holmgren calls job ‘appealing’

Associated Press / December 19, 2009

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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.

’Skins eye Shanahan?
The Redskins have begun talks with former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan about the team’s coaching position, currently held by Jim Zorn, the Denver Post reported.

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.

Sanchez gets call
Mark Sanchez will start for the Jets against the Atlanta Falcons tomorrow at the Meadowlands after missing one game with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Kellen Clemens filled in for Sanchez in last week’s 26-3 win over the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay . . . Broncos running back Correll Buckhalter is listed as doubtful for tomorrow’s game against Oakland after missing all of this week’s practices with a sprained ankle. Rookie running back Knowshon Moreno, who has a less severe ankle injury, is probable . . . Vikings rookie receiver Percy Harvin returned to practice and the team gives him a 50-50 chance to play tomorrow at Carolina. Harvin was absent all of last week and stayed home again Wednesday and Thursday because of severe migraine headaches . . . Giants reserve cornerback Kevin Dockery may start Monday night against the Redskins after Aaron Ross reinjured his left hamstring . . . Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck ($10,000 for throwing a football into the stands in celebration) and Jets linebacker Bart Scott ($5,000 for unnecessary roughness) were fined by the NFL.

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