Eric Mangini Fired: Is Mike Holmgren Heading Back To the Sideline?

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Eric Mangini Fired: Is Mike Holmgren Heading Back To the Sideline?
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With the news breaking today that Browns president Mike Holmgren has put Eric Mangini out of his misery and relieved him of his duties as head coach, the question that immediately springs to mind is obvious: is this the beginning of Mike Holmgren's return to coaching?

After he was brought on in the role of president last season, many people have thought it was only a matter of time before we'd see him back where he's most familiar to us: headset on, clipboard in hand, barking instructions to his players.

But is he really lurking just around the corner, ready to install himself as president and coach, in a power play ripped straight from Pat Riley's handbook?  Or is he truly content to stay behind the scenes, in a somewhat less public role?

Only time will tell for sure, but here are some ideas of the things that could sway what Holmgren's decision will ultimately be.

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