Mike Holmgren Steps Down as President of Cleveland Browns

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IINovember 25, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 2:  Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren greets people on the field prior to to the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren is no longer a part of the organization. The team’s victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday marks the end of his tenure.

The Associated Press reported the following, via The Washington Post.

Following Cleveland’s 20-14 win over the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, a Browns spokesman said the game was Holmgren’s last with the team. The 64-year-old former coach had hoped to stay until the end of the season in an advisory role, but left open the possibility of an earlier departure.

He has been replaced by new owner Jimmy Haslam with CEO Joe Banner, who spent 19 years with Philadelphia.

The article notes that Holmgren will address the media on Monday.

Holmgren became a sought-after commodity during his time with the Green Bay Packers. He coached the team from 1992 to 1998 and led them to two consecutive Super Bowls, winning one.

He left Green Bay prior to the 1999 season and went to the Seattle Seahawks, who offered him both the head coach and the general manager positions. Holmgren had his G.M. title stripped in 2002, but stayed on as head coach and led the Seahawks to the Super Bowl in 2005, but the team lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After a year out of football, Holmgren attempted to rebuild the Browns, but did not have much success. During his time in the front office, Cleveland went 12-31.

Holmgren is still a respected figure in the NFL, and will likely have little trouble finding another job. The Associated Press’s report has already tipped the Dallas Cowboys as a possibility for his next destination.