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Holmgren on leaving: “I had already passed the baton”

Mike Holmgren

Former Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren answers questions during a news conference Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in Berea, Ohio. Holmgren is leaving the team immediately rather than stay on as an adviser through the end of this season. His exit raises more questions about a possible return to coaching and what he truly accomplished during his time with Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


Mike Holmgren said Monday there was no point hanging around Cleveland any longer, since he obviously wasn’t in charge.

“I was done,” Holmgren said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I had already passed the baton.”

More accurately, the baton was taken from him when Jimmy Haslam bought the Browns and brought Joe Banner with him to run things. Now, Holmgren doesn’t know what he’s going to do. There was a report that he’d be interested in coaching the Cowboys, but he said he almost avoided Jerry Jones during last week’s trip because of it.

He said he wasn’t sure what was next, saying: “I honestly don’t know if I’m going to go back to work right away or not, and I don’t know if it will be in football.”

He said the experience of watching the Browns struggle “was very, very difficult for me to watch.”

While the Browns continued to struggle during his time, he said he “got the house a little bit in order here” and left things in good shape. Considering they were 12-31 during his time, it’s easy to mock that, but there is a degree of young talent on hand for the next administration to develop.