Mike Holmgren willing to listen to coaching offers

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Updated: Jan. 1, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.

With a flock of teams searching for new head coaches, a few familiar faces promise to sneak back into the mix as franchises reorganize.

ESPN's Ed Werder ran into Mike Holmgren this week and asked if the former Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks coach had any urge to return to the sideline.

"If anyone is interested, I'll listen," Holmgren said.

Not a stunning development. Back in November, Holmgren's name was floated (by his agent, we imagine) as a possible fit for the Dallas Cowboys, should Jason Garrett not survive the season.

Those rumors percolated while Holmgren was still on his way out as president of the Cleveland Browns, souring his spotty run with a Cleveland organization that dished out mega-millions for his football smarts.

Holmgren hasn't coached since 2008, and acknowledged he didn't have the energy to take over the Browns when the organization fired Eric Mangini after the 2009 season. Holmgren has apparently regained his verve for the long hours and excessive personal toll the job demands. Whether a team comes calling is an entirely separate story.