Oakland Raiders: Adding Mike Holmgren Would Be Huge Boost for Front Office
Bill Williamson and John Clayton of ESPN.com report that the Raiders have been discussing a leadership position for Holmgren to join the franchise, though it is not yet clear exactly what positions are being discussed or offered for the 64-year-old.
The Oakland Raiders have been talking to former Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren about a leadership position within the organization, according to two sources.Holmgren would be a natural candidate because of his relationship with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie.
For several months, the Raiders have been looking at potential new leaders for the team. They have been talking to Ray Anderson, the NFL's senior vice president of football operations. According to a source, Holmgren has visited the Raiders to talk about the position. There is no timetable for the Raiders to find a top front office executive.
If a deal between Holmgren and the Raiders takes place, whether he would return to an assistant post, a head coaching spot or just a leadership position are unknown. As with any decision, there would be both good and bad were here to take over as the Raiders' head coach.
Big questions would remain about whether he would try and implement the West Coast system again. Consider also his age and his health, and there's enough doubt there to suggest that perhaps the Raiders won't be looking to make Holmgren the head coach of their franchise.
Yet adding him into their front office would be huge for the Raiders in that it would allow the experienced Holmgren to share his wisdom and help Oakland start building the franchise once more, following their disastrous 2012-13 season on the field.
His experience alone makes him a great option for the Raiders to pursue. He has won the Super Bowl as a coach in Green Bay—plus he's worked alongside Reggie McKenzie, which could see the pair coupled up once more here. As Yahoo! Sports report, "it's hard to see that move as anything but a positive one for the Raiders" with the pair likely to have great success together.
ESPN also reports that Holmgren could be valuable to the franchise in getting a new stadium up and running—something that Raider Nation has been wanting for a while. In fact, as Chris Hansen puts it, the future of the franchise may very well rest in the ability to get a new stadium.
If Holmgren can get plans for a new stadium in motion, it's hard not to see him as a great selection here by the Raiders. And even if that doesn't happen, Holmgren's front office knowledge and wisdom throughout time at several different teams would allow him to bring the best out of Oakland.
At an individual level, a team level and a franchise level.
They have a lot of talent in their roster and yet haven't been to the playoffs since 2002—something that the veteran Holmgren would no doubt be a huge assistance in fixing. Even if it's not being the head coach or completely changing the franchise and turning it all around.
Simply having his wisdom and experience in the front-office to make deals and build a stronger roster for the future is a good and valuable thing for Oakland.
They'd to well to bring on Holmgren in any way for the 2013 season.
Should Oakland should try and get Mike Holmgren to their front office?
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