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It takes a serious blow for anyone on a team with the best left tackle in the game to be blindsided by any play, but when Randy Lerner decided to sell the majority portion of the Cleveland Browns back in June, team president Mike Holmgren found himself face down with a mask full of field turf. ESPNCleveland’s Tony Grossi’s latest discusses the man who was brought in to fix the Browns, but instead will ride into the sunset following the third season of what was to be a five-year journey to Super Bowl contention.  “Whatever the severance package, Holmgren’s likely final contract as an NFL coach or executive – he’ll be 65 next June — secured him the distinction of hauling in more money in his career than any non-player, non-owner and non-commissioner in NFL history,” writes Grossi. ”Bill Parcells had one more Super Bowl championship than Holmgren, but he couldn’t match Holmgren’s career earnings. After leaving the community-owned Green Bay Packers, Holmgren hit the lottery by signing up with billionaires Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, and the Lerner Family Trust.” Damning is the conclusion of the report that states the team president “did the absolute minimum” during his stay in Cleveland, slipping out early during sales meetings, and showing up late to Berea — on one specific occasion, arriving after Jimmy Haslam III who came in from Knoxville, Tennesee while Holmgren was already in Cleveland. Holmgren was brought in to be the de facto owner of the Browns. Ironically, he seemingly stepped right into the shoes vacated by Lerner, right on down to the desire. [Related: Cleveland Browns Game 7: Winner and Losers]

Holmgren States He Was Not Offered Position With New Ownership

In his press conference today from Berea, Browns President Mike Holmgren thanked the Lerner family for the opportunity, and when asked directly, commented that he had not been offered a credible position by Jimmy Haslam or Joe Banner. “Quite honestly it hasn’t been talked about.” He also said he understood why not. Holmgren said his biggest disappointment was that “they...

Holmgren weighs his future after leaving Browns

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Transcript: Mike Holmgren’s Farewell Press Conference

We don’t post all press conferences, but this one signaling the end of the Mike Holmgren era seemed worth adding to the site. Or, you can skip it and read Scott’s artful take on it. (Opening statement) – “I’d like to start off by thanking Randy Lerner, first of all, for giving me the opportunity to come to Cleveland. My year off when he came to visit me in Arizona, he...

WFNY Podcast – 2012-10-24 – Defining Holmgren’s legacy

Andrew and Craig discuss Mike Holmgren’s press conference with the media. More specifically, how is Holmgren’s legacy defined today, and how could it change in the future? How much of everything is Randy Lerner’s fault? How much credit should Holmgren get if this roster produces wins down the road? What about Holmgren’s mistakes? Giving Mangini an extra year Hiring Pat...

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The coaching itch never completely left Mike Holmgren, who will walk away from the Cleveland Browns feeling mostly dissatisfied and unfulfilled. His three years as an NFL executive didn't go as hoped. And for perhaps the first time in his football life, Holmgren came up short as a leader. This loss was tough to swallow. ''We did not win enough games,'' Holmgren...

Mike Holmgren gives way to Jimmy Haslam in his final address

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Holmgren: I do miss the coaching part

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