MIke Holmgren has been an NFL head coach before, and he was pretty good at it, advancing to the Super Bowl with both the Packers (they won) and the Seahawks (they lost). Eric Mangini is currently an NFL head coach, and is not very good at it, sporting a 26-36 overall record, including just 3-11 in 2009, his first year with the Browns.
So it's understandable that there might be some rumblings about Holmgren (the Super Bowl winning coach), now that he's the club's president, also replacing Mangini as head coach. But according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, (via the Cleveland Plain Dealer) that won't happen.
"He's not going to coach the Browns,'' said ESPN's Chris Mortensen on ESPN Radio. "Put that aside and forget it.''
Mortensen also backed off on previous comments that Browns coach Eric Mangini would be gone if Holmgren took over as team president.
"I'm not saying (his firing) is automatic,'' said Mortensen on Sportscenter. "Mike has been a coach all of his life. No coach ever believes it's fair to fire a guy after one year. Bill Parcells did it in Miami with Cam Cameron and it worked out. But it will be a tough decision for Mike Holmgren on Mangini."
In his press conference Monday, before the official announcement came from the Browns regarding Holmgren, Mangini addressed the week's worth of speculation about his job security.
"That's not something I've been focused on or will be focused on,'' Mangini said. "I'm coaching this team and that's what I'm focused on: coaching this team this week and the week after and this past week. That's what I've asked of our coaches and players and anything else externally or any other elements to that -- they are what they are."
"What I'm looking to do is coach the team,'' he said. "That's it.''