When Holmgren announced in January that the 2008 season would be his last with the Seahawks, it put him in a rarely seen position in the NFL -- coaching his final year with everyone knowing it. Many coaches work year-to-year, but rarely do the players, front office and fans know when the end will occur. This situation can work several ways for Holmgren:
The fact Holmgren is not coming back will allow him to throw conventional wisdom and play calling to the wind, which should give him a distinct advantage over opposing defenses. Every third down call in Seattle will now be made with the understanding that going for it on fourth down is a distinct possibility.
I once said to Broncos coach
Most of Seattle's playoff team from 2007 is returning and they'll want to send their coach out on a high note. Moreover, the Seahawks released former MVP star running back
Lame duck status is never good, whether you're a politician or an NFL coach. Players have to know the coach is in full control of their future employment. Once the locker room senses the coach is on his way out, then the important details in game preparation may not be handled. And football today is a game of details. So who will the players work and try to please during the season? Will they work for
Knowing Holmgren for over 20 years, it's my belief he will go out the same way he came into the NFL -- as a winner. His strong personality, along with his relationship with quarterback
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• The Bears did a very smart thing getting
• Former Rutgers running back
• If I were with the Cleveland Browns, I would make sure my backup offensive lineman had experience and were well-schooled in pass protection because I want
• If I were with the Tampa Bay Bucs, I would not give
• If I were with the New York Jets, I might call
"Well, my dad was a force of nature. And now his own cycle in nature is complete. But his spirit lives on in everybody who loves their country, loves their family, loves their faith, and loves those Buffalo Bills."
You can bet the 2008 Bills will have someone watching over them this year.