Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

22 Jan 2008

Holmgren Will Stay with Seahawks

The number of available coaching jobs will stay at two, as ESPN is reporting that Mike Holmgren has decided to return to Seattle for the 2008 season.

Posted by: Sean McCormick on 22 Jan 2008

12 comments, Last at 23 Jan 2008, 5:46pm by coltrane23


by Paul (not verified) :: Tue, 01/22/2008 - 7:17pm

Link appears to be broken -- click my name for the actual link.

by Nate Dogg (not verified) :: Tue, 01/22/2008 - 8:48pm

THANK GOD! I was never too worried, but it's still nice to hear. Ruskell better be starting his search for a west coast O guy though.

by Mr. Beefy (not verified) :: Tue, 01/22/2008 - 9:12pm

great news! now Seahawks can win 10 games and lose in the playoffs by playing conservative. :).

by Chris (not verified) :: Tue, 01/22/2008 - 9:22pm

On a side note, has anybody ever seen Mike Holmgren up close? If you don't go to games, you might not realize the fact that the guy is at least 300 pounds and tall. Not only that but the guy has a temper to say the least.

by Vincent Verhei :: Tue, 01/22/2008 - 9:23pm

Link fixed.

by Squooshed (not verified) :: Tue, 01/22/2008 - 10:13pm

#3: Exactly what part of the loss to Green Bay was caused by being too conservative?

Too conservative in efforts to fight off blocks and tackle Ryan Grant?

Too conservative by not having Hasselbeck throw 60 passes?

Just curious.

by James, London (not verified) :: Tue, 01/22/2008 - 10:31pm

I've read elsewhere that Holmgren won't be getting an extension. He'll be coaching the last year of his contract next season, so the team dynamic will be interesting. It shouldn't happen, but what are the chances he 'loses' his team next season. If you know the boss is going, are you going balls-out for him? Also, how keen will the FO be to drop big money on free-agents that Holmgren wants, knowing that he's gone in year?

If the Seahawks can find O-line help and a running game, (one follows the other), Seattle should contend again next year. If that happens, then I imagine that motivation won't be an issue. If they start slowly, it has the potential to get ugly.

by Matt (not verified) :: Wed, 01/23/2008 - 12:17am

You'd hope that with Holmgren's credibility and longevity with the team, paired with the Seahawks' five consecutive trips to the playoffs, that a slow start wouldn't cause them to quit just because it's his last season. He's not Art Shell or anything.

Now that Holmgren's back, here's what I think his to-do list looks like:

1. Beg for a tight end, preferably one without a large fork sticking out of his back.
2. Beg for at least one new guard, preferably one who isn't about 53-years-old.
3. Convince Patrick Kerney to get on the plane and show up for road games. They count, too, Pat!
4. It's finally time for some new blood at the running back position. The Alexander/Morris duo isn't good enough anymore.
5. Do not let Ruskell draft tiny cornerback with first pick in draft.

by mawbrew (not verified) :: Wed, 01/23/2008 - 9:31am


The fact that he doesn't have a contract beyond 2008 doesn't preclude Holmgren from coaching beyond that. It's reasonably clear that (unless something stunning happens) the decision to return (or not) is his. Guys that dog it thinking they'll get a pass with a coaching change will be taking a risk.

It's a different situation than it would be if the coach was on the hot seat and didn't have a contract beyond 2008.

by coltrane23 (not verified) :: Wed, 01/23/2008 - 12:34pm

Re: 9

Just to expand on the thought, it seems clear that Holmgren's successor is currently coaching the Seahawks' secondary. So yeah, anyone who dogs it in practice (not that they would) won't be fooling the new guy, since he'll be there every day at practice.

Re: 8

Don't forget to add "find a wide-body DT who can stay off the trainer's table." Tubbs would have been great this year if he could have stayed healthy. I think the off-season priorities are TE, G, DT, and RB. I wouldn't mind seeing them improve at FS, either--Russell is OK in coverage, but he seems like a reluctant tackler.

by putnamp (not verified) :: Wed, 01/23/2008 - 5:11pm

#10, they have one, and his name is Brandon Mebane :]

by coltrane23 (not verified) :: Wed, 01/23/2008 - 5:46pm

Re: 11

Yeah, you're right--Mebane was great this year. An excellent pickup in last year's draft, but I'd like to see another. I'm greedy. :-)