Is this Holmgren’s last year?

  • By Scott M. Johnson Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2008 1:46pm
  • Sports

RENTON — When Mike Holmgren announced in January that he would not be back as Seattle Seahawks coach, many took it to mean that the 60-year old would never coach again.

But returning as a coach after the 2009 season — with another team, of course — is still an option, Holmgren reiterated Wednesday.

“When I say there’s a possibility of coming back, I’m not eliminating anything, because I don’t know how I’m going to react” to the year away from football, Holmgren said Wednesday. “There’s a possibility that in the year off life is so good that I just might want to ride my motorcycle all the time and go to the beach. I don’t know.

“My feeling is, I’ve worked so hard most of my life I will get a little antsy and my feeling is Kathy, as much as she loves me, will probably want me out of the house. So we’ll see where it takes us.”

Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden, a former Holmgren assistant whose Buccaneers will host the Seahawks on Sunday night, said during a Wednesday conference call that he expects to see Holmgren on a sideline again.

“I would assume that he’ll be back,” Gruden said. “I just hope he doesn’t take my job or come back in the NFC. I’d like to see him maybe form his own league or something.

“… He’s a great competitor, a great coach. He’s been on the cutting edge of a lot of things. I expect him to be back, but only he knows.”

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