Could that be Holmgren waving bye to the Seahawks?
Two days in Cleveland doesn't really seem like a holiday to me especially after just coming back from Mexico, so as Mike Holmgren began his second day in Cleveland, one can only speculate as to how his talks are going with the Cleveland Browns.
With no flight out of Cleveland reportedly scheduled, and Holmgren's agent Bob Lamante joining him with Browns' owner Randy Lerner in these talks, this could spell the end for Seahawks fans wanting Holmgren back as their czar of football operations.
Danny O'Neil's story in the Seattle Times this morning says that this could indicate the Seahawks-Holmgren "dance" to start speeding up. Holmgren could be forcing the Seahawks hand, as he continues to pursue another job in football.
Remember that Holmgren stated that he would like to talk with the Seahawks organization a couple weeks ago on 950 KJR with his weekly show with Dave "Softy" Mahler. Yet, we have not heard that the Seahawks have even contacted him as of yet.
The interesting part of the story is Holmgren stated even before a couple weeks ago that the Browns had not contacted him, even though reports say he was contacted by the Browns. So now, seemingly overnight, he is on a "mini-cation" in Cleveland looking at his other options.
Holmgren also turned down the Buffalo Bills earlier.
What does all this mean?
For the Seahawks, it means that they better contact Holmgren, and it better be quickly. Maybe the Seahawks want to go in a different direction, but you have to at least flirt with the idea. I mean, the guy served your team for 10 seasons and nearly won you a Super Bowl.
He built the best offense since Jim Zorn, Steve Largent, and Curt Warner with Hasselbeck, Jones, and Alexander. Four straight division titles and five straight playoffs appearances aren't too shabby either.
If the Browns hire Holmgren without any contacts by the Seahawks, it is a shot to the hearts of Seahawks fans everywhere. Maybe he isn't the guy, but you can't just ignore him. At least give some of the fans hope.
For the Browns, this could be the step in the right direction. If I were a Browns fan, I wouldn't let him leave. Holmgren is a brilliant football mind with a knack for finding franchise QBs. He also knows talent and is a guy who can be as good as Bill Parcells was for the Dolphins.
The Browns could be a playoff contender in five years under him. That's right, five years. Book it. I really believe that all this team needs is a brilliant football mind to find that franchise QB, build an offense like he can, and hand pick the right coach to make the Browns relevant again.
As for what this means for Mike Holmgren, he should run to the nearest taxi and buy the first ticket out of Cleveland. The Browns are so bad in the front office that he may not have the patience to deal with this team.
While I said only five years, the first three would make him beg for mercy. He isn't the type to clean house, which is what he would need to do for that organization, especially in the front office.
Not only would spring cleaning come in February, but he would need to completely build this team from scratch.
First, he needs a GM who knows talent and can be tutored under Holmgren. Second, he needs a bona fide franchise QB. Third, he needs a complete offense overhaul. Finally, he would need to solidify a coaching staff that can utilize the talent he brings in.
Do I think he can do it? Maybe. I truly believe that Holmgren wants a challenge, but how much of a challenge? Comparing the jobs needing to be done in Cleveland vs. Seattle is like comparing advanced physics to creative writing.
He knows the Seahawks organization, he knows the players, and he loves Seattle. Cleveland is completely foreign to him.
He could hand pick the next franchise QB in Seattle, while he may struggle with giving up on Brady Quinn.
He could build this team back to respectability. This decision has significant ramifications. Get the wrong GM, and your franchise could end up being like the Browns. Get the right GM, your back in the throne atop the NFC West.
You could tell he was disappointed in not bringing a Lombardi trophy to the city of Seattle. He wants it, the Seahawks want it, and the fans quite frankly need it.