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Holmgren Talk Gains Steam

Mike Holmgren is a near-certainty to make the NFL Hall of Fame as a head coach. His tenure as the Cleveland Browns' president, however, has been far from successful, and now many reports say he's looking to get out and is considering a return to coaching at age 64.

The former Super Bowl winner with the Green Bay Packers and Super Bowl participant with the Seattle Seahawks has reportedly said he would only return to coaching for one job. Go ahead, you get one guess.

Yup, your Dallas Cowboys, at least according to ESPN's Ed Werder. That talk only gained fuel on Sunday when the two were chatting on national television prior to Sunday's game between Jones' Cowboys and Holmgren's Browns. Of course, the Cowboys currently have a head coach in Jason Garrett, who was Jones' hand-picked successor to Bill Parcells, with Wade Phillips jammed in the middle there for a couple of years.

Now, as we know, the Garrett thing hasn't worked out really well, as he's gone 18-16 in his 34 games since taking over for Phillips in 2010.

"Holmgren, who is finishing up a disappointing three-year run as the Browns' team president, has said he would consider a return to coaching, where he already has a case for potential Hall of Fame induction," CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora said last Sunday. "Some sources who know Holmgren well believe Dallas is the one potential opening that would truly interest him, given the competitiveness of the roster, the skill players present and his long relationship with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Holmgren and Jones worked closely together for more than a decade on the NFL's Competition Committee. If the perfect scenario does not arise, sources close to Holmgren expect him to retire."

You'd have to assume Holmgren would want a lot more control than Garrett or Phillips got under Jones, otherwise it would be far from perfect. But is Jerry willing to step aside and let a proven winner handle football operations? That's where things get hairy.

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