NFL Rumor Mill: Cleveland Browns' Holmgren To Replace Mike Singletary In 2011?

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IDecember 28, 2010

BEREA, OH - MAY 01:  Team president Mike Holmgren of the Cleveland Browns looks on during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 1, 2010 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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As news of Mike Singletary's late season departure began spreading across the sports world, speculation officially began as to who would be his replacement when the 49ers take the field in 2011.

Mike Holmgren has been at the top of the list of potential candidates and many writers have found some strong connections linking the former Super Bowl XXXI champion coach and the Bay Area.

Holmgren was born in San Francisco in 1948 and also began his coaching career with the 49ers in 1986 as an assistant coach under Bill Walsh.

Holmgren had also been rumored to be heading back to San Francisco long before he took over as Cleveland's President prior to the 2010 season.

He had also been quoted in late 2008 that coaching the 49ers was his "dream job" for much of his adolescent and professional life.

So would Holmgren consider leaving Cleveland after one season to head for San Francisco?

Even though San Francisco may seem like the perfect fit from a personal standpoint, Holmgrens' career in Cleveland currently has a steady hold and he is viewed by many to be the hopeful "savior" of the Cleveland Browns franchise.

There is also the fact that the Browns' coaching position is in a time of high uncertainty as Eric Mangini has taken the Browns to a below-average 10-21 during his tenure. It is possible that if Holmgren was to step down from the front office to the sideline, he may want to stay with the team he has been building in Cleveland.

Early indications hint that Holmgren will remain silent on the issue until after this season and it is possible that the thought of Holmgren leaving his current position this soon may be preposterous.

Luckily for the 49ers, they will have many options when they are looking into who their coach should be for the coming years. Aside from Holmgren, many other quality coaches are currently unemployed such as Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, and Wade Phillips.

Throughout his head coaching career, Holmgren posted an overall record of 161-111 along with 13 playoff wins and one Super Bowl victory.