Cowboys Rumors: Mike Holmgren Reportedly Interested in Coaching Dallas

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 11, 2012

Jun 5, 2012; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren talks to the media during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
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Former Super Bowl-winning head coach Mike Holmgren is reportedly interested in coaching the Dallas Cowboys in the future, according to's Jason La Canfora on Sunday.


UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 3:26 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Mike Holmgren is unsure as to how the rumors linking him to the Cowboys coaching job began, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter:

#Browns Prez Mike Holmgren on report that he wants to coach Cowboys: "I don't know how any of that stuff gets started.''

— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) November 12, 2012

---End of Update---


La Canfora described Holmgren's interest in the Dallas job as "serious" (via and lists the following reasons why the 64-year-old would want to take over the Cowboys:

...sources who know Holmgren well believe Dallas is the one potential opening that would truly interest him, given the competitiveness of the roster, the skill players present, and his long relationship with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Holmgren is in the midst of his final year as president of the Cleveland Browns, and he will officially be on the market at season's end. Holmgren last coached in the NFL in 2008, when he led the Seattle Seahawks to a 4-12 record.

Although Holmgren's most recent coaching stint ended in disappointment, current Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has struggled himself. Garrett is currently in his second full season as the Cowboys coach and is just 16-16 in Dallas since taking over for Wade Phillips midseason in 2010.

After a 3-5 start to 2012, popular belief among NFL fans and experts is that Garrett's margin for error is shrinking week after week.

But is Mike Holmgren really the guy to turn things around in Big D?

Holmgren is most famous for his success with the Green Bay Packers in the 1990s. He led Green Bay to three consecutive NFC North division titles from 1995 to 1997 and helped the Packers reach two straight Super Bowls, winning it all in 1996. 

He boasts a career winning percentage of 59.2 and a career playoff record of 13-11. 


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