Holmgren in talks to join Raiders
The Raiders have discussed a position in the organization with former Packers and Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren, a league source confirmed. ESPN was the first to report the conversations with Holmgren, a San Francisco native and most recently the president of the Browns. What role Holmgren would take on is not clear, as Oakland hired former Packers executive Reggie McKenzie as general manager a year ago. The Raiders finished 4-12 last season, a step down from back-to-back 8-8 seasons. Holmgren, who is on vacation in Europe, was not available for comment, and the Raiders issued a statement. "As a general policy, the Raiders don't comment on personnel matters," the statement read, "so the team isn't able to confirm or deny the report." Because of his football background, Holmgren is not discussing a president's role similar to the one for which owner Mark Davis interviewed NFL executive Ray Anderson and former Madison Square Garden President Scott O'Neal in recent months. That business-side position would be to help chief executive Amy Trask secure a new stadium as the Raiders' lease at O.co Coliseum expires after next season. (Anderson is no longer a candidate.) Holmgren, 64, left the Browns after three years due to an ownership change last season. The Super Bowl XXXI-winning coach repeatedly has said he is open to a return to the sidelines. Though none of the eight teams with openings this offseason called, one has to figure Holmgren's arrival would make second-year head coach Dennis Allen's seat a whole lot warmer. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/raiders/article/Holmgren-in-talks-to-join-Raiders-4311197.php#ixzz2M7OdDAH7
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