Holmgren Says Next Season Will Be His Final One Coaching Seahawks
Mike Holmgren, as expected, announced today that he will return as coach of the Seattle Seahawks next season. It's the final season of his contract, and Holmgren said he will be done coaching the Seahawks after that.
"This is the last year of coaching here," he said at a news conference, "and then probably after that I will take some time off.... To project myself anywhere beyond next year, it's not fair to anybody and goodness knows the intrigue, nobody cares about it any more."
There has been speculation that Holmgren perhaps could end up in some team's front office after he's done coaching.
He gave the Seahawks his decision about coaching next season after returning from a trip to Arizona with his wife Kathy. He said he was leaning toward coaching another season throughout the decision-making process but Kathy originally was leaning toward wanting him to retire. By the end, though, she gave her approval to another season of him coaching.
"A lot of thought went into the decision and now it's full speed ahead," he said. "... I guess I just wasn't quite ready to say goodbye to [coaching] yet.... I've been doing it my whole life and it comes to a point in every coach's life: Do you want to do it again? I had to have her say that's okay."
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