The Holmgren Era: A Time of Greatness

Brad JamesCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2008

When one peruses the numerous NFL games this weekend, sadly because of their horrendous season, the Seattle Seahawks' game against the New York Jets isn't a highlight at first glance.

Nevertheless, as far as we know this will be the last game Mike Holmgren coaches in front of a home crowd.

Holmgren first made his splash in the NFL when he joined Bill Walsh's staff with the 49ers in 1986 where he honed his skills as one of the game's greatest offensive minds.

From there, he restored the Green Bay Packers to their glory days of the Lambeau and Lombardi eras by winning 67 percent of his games and winning a Super Bowl, the only one that Titletown has seen since the merger.

As of 1999, Holmgren has coached the Seattle Seahawks and took what was at the time one of the NFL's most hapless franchises to the brink of Super Bowl glory.

Of course, as Seahawks fans believe (and I as well, although the Broncos are my favorite team) the officials ripped a second Lombardi from him as the Steelers prevailed in a 21-10 win in Super Bowl XL.

With that said, when one considers the low points the Seahawks have seen at various points in the franchise's existence, a Super Bowl appearance was a remarkable accomplishment.

Beyond his excellence as a head coach/general manager extraordinaire though, his legacy is among the more impressive in NFL annals.

As an extension of the famed Walsh coaching tree, Holmgren has mentored several other head coaches in the NFL, such as the Philadelphia Eagles' Andy Reid and the Minnesota Vikings' Brad Childress.

Incidentally, both the Eagles and Vikings are in position to secure playoff berths this season.

While it is a shame that in Holmgren's swan song season, the Seahawks have incurred their first losing campaign since 2002, the cupboard is far from bare.

If Matt Hasselbeck can evade injury to himself and his receiving corps, Seattle should regain their lofty status atop the NFC West standings.

If nothing else, Holmgren has left magnificence and consistency everywhere he's been, and for an NFL coach, it's hard to beat a legacy like that.