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Mike Holmgren "Itch" To Coach Per Seneca Wallace: How This Affects Eric Mangini

Bob Warja@@bobwarjaSenior Writer IDecember 31, 2010

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 14:  Owner Woody Johnson of the New York Jets talks with general manager Mike Holmgren of the Cleveland Browns prior to the start of their game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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UPATE: Responding to comments below and in the best interest of protecting the integrity of my work and this site, I have decided (no one asked me to) alter the headline and content of this article. There was an AP story on the wire that was deleted and I reacted to it. I have no proof but have been writing here a long time and I hope to get the benefit of the doubt. But ESPN does have the comments from Seneca Wallace and if you combine Holmgren's suspected desire to coach again with the struggles of the franchise, along with Homgren's comments about 'not getting any younger', it is not difficult to surmise that he is getting impatient and will make a change following the season.

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According to an article on ESPN, the Associated Press has reported that Cleveland Browns Team President Mike Holmgren has the "itch" to coach again and may be firing head coach Eric Mangini following Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, possibly taking over the coaching duties himself.

Mangini has been on the hot seat all season. After a disappointing first season with Cleveland, Mangini's team will end its season on a four-game losing streak unless it can upset Pittsburgh this weekend.

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Browns QB Seneca Wallace told the AP that he believes Holmgren is champing at the bit to coach again. As the Browns have endured their ninth season with double-digit losses in 12 years, Holmgren is believed to be losing patience with the rebuilding process.

Although he wasn't around for those seasons, Holmgren knows that the fans are getting restless and he is not a man who takes to losing very well.

Holmgren, most likely, wants to guide the team himself because he loves to coach and figures that moving back into that role will be less disruptive than hiring a big-name coach.

In his coaching career with Seattle and Green Bay, the 62-year-old Holmgren has a record of 161-111 and is 13-11 in the playoffs. Most notably, he guided the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl in 1996.

"The problem is that I'm old, and the clock is ticking a little bit for me in this business," Holmgren joked during an interview with The Associated Press in October.

The AP first reported, "When Holmgren last met with reporters on Nov. 2, he said he would wait until after the season before making a decision on Mangini. He also left open the possibility of a return to coaching."

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