Time could be Running Out: Cleveland, Seattle and Holmgren

The two days are up and no deal has apparently been reached between the Cleveland Browns and Mike Holmgren, but it doesn’t mean that Seattle’s out of the woods yet.

A little over a month ago I wrote about how the initial Holmgren to Cleveland speculation would condemn the Seahawks to NFL irrelevancy if Seattle didn’t end the conjecture by signing their former head coach as the team’s new general manager.  Back then it wasn’t clear if Holmgren would actually consider the Browns’ position, but with his visit this week and his Christmas deadline of wanting to have his future job and employer figured out, Seattle will need to come to a decision quickly whether or not Holmgren is the team’s next general manager.

Now, it’s not as easy as it seems.  The Seahawks can’t just go and hire Holmgren right away.

As the Seattle Times’ Danny O’Neil points out, the Seahawks need to interview one minority candidate first.

There’s also the issue of finding a new president to permanently take over for Tim Ruskell. 

If a president is hired before Holmgren gets an offer from Seattle, the new president could potentially try and bring in a different person to fill the team’s general manager role.  Now, this wouldn’t be an issue if Holmgren was offered the “football czar” position that has been associated with his possible position with Cleveland, but it remains to be seen what exactly Holmgren’s responsibilities would be if he rejoined Seattle.

Time is running short and Seattle needs to come out and take a definitive stance on the issue of whether or not they want to bring Holmgren back into the organization.  I truly don’t think Holmgren’s bluffing by saying he wants to know his future by December 25, so Seattle has just nine days to reach out to him and/or the public and let the organization’s intentions be known.

Even if they comply with his deadline, the Seahawks aren’t assured they’d be the first official or best offer that Holmgren would receive.  Cleveland would probably do everything they can to make sure Holmgren, having appeared in three Super Bowls as a coach, would give up his love affair with the Pacific Northwest to turn around a team that has had just two seasons with a record above .500 since re-entering the NFL in 1999.

What does Seattle need to do, Seahawks Nation and NFL fans?  Do they bring in a minority candidate right away and then throw themselves at the knees of Holmgren?  Do they pass on him for someone else?  Do they call his bluff regarding his December 25 deadline or do they let the Browns make the first move?

Sound off in the comments section to let Devon and your fellow Seahawks and NFL fans know what you think needs to happen.


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