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Initially, Holmgren answered "no," when asked directly if he wants to coach again. He retired from sideline after the 2008 season in Seattle, took a one-year sabbatical away from the NFL in 2009 and was hired as Browns president on Jan. 5, 2010. Holmgren is 62.
"No, I'm doing OK," Holmgren said. "Does it sound like I want to coach? The challenge of this is really something for me and I'm enjoying the challenge, but I'd be less than honest if I didn't say I get fired up watching the games. But I also recognize what I was hired to do. And that's what I'm trying to do."
Later in the 30-minute meeting with media, Holmgren was asked if he is totally committed to turning around the Browns in his role as club president.
"Absolutely," he said. "I made a promise and I'm going to stick with it. Now, if I keep wearing a suit or not? We'll see."
Those remarks prompted another follow-up. Does he have the urge to coach again?
Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer"Wins and losses is not the only criteria," said Browns president Mike Holmgren about his assessment of the coaching staff when the season ends. "The crummy part of our business is most of the time it's the main one. The most encouraging thing is we've been in most of the games. And we had chances to win the game. It's also the most discouraging thing because we lost the games."
"You're catching me in a weak moment," he joked. "I just came off vacation. No, I love coaching. I'm doing what I'm doing now. That's what I plan to be doing. My commitment is to get the Browns going in the right direction in my role as the president. When I talked to Randy [Lerner, owner] honestly about those things, I am being honest. Right now, that's what I'm going to do."
Holmgren said Mangini's future as coach will be determined after the emotions of the 2010 season settle.
"And it'll take thoughtful thinking," he said. "Wins and losses is not the only criteria. The crummy part of our business is most of the time it's the main one. The most encouraging thing is we've been in most of the games. And we had chances to win the game. It's also the most discouraging thing because we lost the games."
On other matters:
• Holmgren indicated the team was not interested in pursuing released Minnesota wide receiver Randy Moss. "Our focus, I believe, has to be on developing our young receivers," he said.
• Holmgren expressed dissatisfaction with the way the receivers are used in the system of offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, but said interfering would "throw a monkey wrench into it."
Still, he defended the wideouts. "Let's not jump on the receivers too much here," he said. "I think they're better than OK. I think they're pretty good. It's just that their numbers haven't been very good."
• Holmgren said running back Jerome Harrison was traded because he was unhappy with his diminished role following the acquisition of Peyton Hillis and the drafting of Montario Hardesty, who has since been injured.
"I always felt if a player is really unhappy and it makes some sense for the organization, then you try to do something to make everything right. That's kind of how it came down," he said, adding that Harrison did not ask to be traded.
• Holmgren defended the drafting of Hardesty in the second round, which cost the Browns three draft picks to move up.
"Hardesty is a big disappointment to all of us, not the young man, just that it happened," Holmgren said. "The doctors are telling me [his surgically repaired left knee] will come back and be stronger. I'm hopeful about that. The injury thing I don't know if you can predict that. He had such a good senior year [at Tennessee]."
• Holmgren said he reached out again to try to repair relations with Jim Brown, who felt disrespected by Holmgren's decision to reduce his role and boycotted the team's inaugural Ring of Honor ceremony.
"I'm so sorry all that happened," Holmgren said. "That was not my intention. I still want him to be part of the organization in a certain way. The door is always open."