Mike Holmgren: No Decision on Eric Mangini

Jim BobCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 28:  Head coach Mike Holmgren of the Seattle Seahawks walks off the field after the game with the Arizona Cardinals on December 28, 2008 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals won 34-21.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The newest president for the Cleveland Browns, Mike Holmgren, said on Monday that no decision has been made on current head coach Eric Mangini and his status for next season.
Mangini, who is just finishing up his first year with the Browns as their head coach after being fired from the New York Jets last year, has seen his team win the last three games.  However, his team's record still stands at 4-11 as they head into the final game of the season on Sunday.

However, Holmgren, who retired as the Seattle Seahawks head coach last year, said that he and Mangini will meet after the final regular season game to determine his future with the organization.  Until then, no decision will be made.

“I have not made a decision on Eric," Holmgren said.  "I met with Eric when I was back there for my brief stay and have talked to him on the phone a couple of times about football issues. He's at the end of finishing his first season there and the team is doing well and clearly responding to him.  That type of decision will be made once I get back there.  I’m arriving back there on Monday.  Eric and I will meet next week and then we’ll come to some sort of a decision.  He’s working like crazy to finish the season on an upbeat note.  We’ll have those discussions next week.”

While Mangini's position is undecided, Holmgren said he won't be a possible replacement, eliminating the possibility of a dual team president and head coach situation.  However, he is still leaving the door open for another head coaching opportunity down the road.

"My coaching, as far as coaching on the field, in the near future I’m not going to do that," Holmgren said.  "Things can change, I suppose, down the road, but this year I accepted this new challenge in my career and I’m really excited about it.  It’s different, because I won’t be on the field, but I’ll be doing everything in my power to help make the head coach successful.  That’s how I’m looking at my current position.”

Meanwhile, Holmgren is also in the process of hiring a new general manager for the team, he confirmed today during a media availability session.