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PFW: Holmgren Hiatus Remains Likely

From: Pro Football Weekly

A lot of smoke but no real fire has returned to the Seahawks’ rumor mill with the ongoing rumblings that Mike Holmgren might not be all that ready to split the NFL scene after all.

Adding spice to this rumor is the suggestion that Holmgren might have had second thoughts about retiring at the end of this season, but was told by the Seahawks that it was too late to switch gears.

“You’re asking a very unanswerable question,” Holmgren said in a recent local talk-radio interview when asked if, at any point this season, he felt like he would not be welcome back to coach the team beyond the 2008 campaign. “ … Like a friend of mine, Brett Favre, people change their mind on occasion. But while this is going on, organizations have to make decisions.”

The way we hear it, Holmgren is “99 percent” committed to taking the ‘09 season off. But after fulfilling the promise he made to his wife, Kathy, to take a one-year sabbatical, it’s quite possible that he could return to the NFL in some capacity.

“There are a lot of people who might think it would be easy enough for Mike to go against his wife’s wishes, but they don’t understand the kind of relationship they have,” a longtime team insider told PFW. “Kathy is definitely the dominant force.

“Mike’s dad died early, and she’s very concerned about his health. She also wants him to sit back for a spell and enjoy the company of his four daughters and six grandkids.”

But the same insider definitely sees Holmgren re-entering the NFL scene after a one-year hiatus.

“I think he feels like this season has been a monumental air-ball,” the insider said. “It’s left a bad taste in his mouth, and I don’t think he wants to completely leave the game on such a sour note.

“Then again, it’s possible that he might find the lifestyle away from the game to his liking. It will be very interesting to see what happens.”

There’s one other point worth making about Holmgren: At no time this season has it looked to daily team observers like he was simply playing out the string,

“He knows the team has been watching him closely to see if he would quit,” the insider said. “The team might not have played well for him this season, but there’s no doubt it has played hard.”

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