Seahawks Get Holmgren For One More YearPosted: Updated:
KIRKLAND, Wash. - Mike Holmgren is going to return as coach of the Seattle Seahawks for the 2008 season. He adds that it will be his last season as coach. There had been speculation that he might step down after the Seahawks lost to Green Bay in the playoffs.
Holmgren's record with Green Bay and Seattle, where he arrived in 1999, is 170-110, one win behind former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs for 10th in NFL history. Holmgren is 86-68 in nine seasons with Seattle. He passed Chuck Knox this season for most victories by a Seahawks coach.
"If I dwell too much on all the dumb calls I made and the officials, and whatever else, I'd say 'who needs that? I don't want it anymore.'
But then there's too many good things, not the least of which is that we have a good football team. I guess I just wasn't quite ready to say goodbye to that yet."
Seattle will return the core of its team next season, and 5 of the Seahawks' six division titles have come under Holmgren. After dealing with the issue of his return this year he wanted everyone to know well in advance that 2008 will be his last year.
"I've reached this point in my career where at the end of the season, I am shot and It's not fair to anyone. So we're gonna do it this way. The transition to move beyond next year should be smooth. The organization is very healthy, but rest assured we're gonna go after it hard this last year. For the first time in my career you're gonna see fake punts, double reverse passes, onsides kicks. Don't be surprised by anything. This is my last go at it. I'm going!"