Will Holmgren Return to the NFC West?

There are still three weeks left in the regular season, to be followed by the playoffs and the Super Bowl, but it's already free agent season for out-of-work executives. One of which could impact the Cardinals future...

Mike Holmgren, the former Packers and Seahawks coach, has been in discussions with the Browns about an overarching front-office position. News of his visit to Ohio came a week after Seattle president and general manager Tim Ruskell resigned, creating an opening that could be another possible landing place for Holmgren.

Let the bidding war begin.

Cleveland might be looking at Holmgren to fill the role that Bill Parcells has successfully taken on in Miami. Come in, take charge of football operations, hire a general manager to be your a right-hand man, then hand-pick a head coach and mold the roster to your specifications.

Under Parcells' leadership, the Dolphins achieved a stunning turnaround from 1-15 in 2007 to 11-5 and a division title last year. Miami is 7-6 and in the hunt for another playoff berth this year.

The Browns, meanwhile, have been a mess on and off the field this season. They are 2-11 in coach Eric Mangini's first season in Cleveland, and he almost certainly won't be back for a second go-round if Holmgren winds up with the corner office.

But that's far from a certainty. Seattle could still hold some allure for Holmgren, who could return to work with his former assistant, current Seahawks head coach Jim Mora. The Seahawks' division isn't as rugged as the Browns', so the path to a turnaround looks to be easier in the NFC West.

Holmgren figures to have his choice of work destinations, news that should bring a smile to the faces of unemployed colleagues such as Bill Cowher, Mike Shanahan and Marty Schottenheimer.

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