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It’s Official: Holmgren Agrees to Join the Browns as President

The Cleveland Browns announced today that Mike Holmgren has agreed to become club President. The team also has announced that Mike Keenan will transition to the role of Chief Financial Officer.

“We are pleased to announce that Mike Holmgren has agreed to join the Cleveland Browns,” said Owner Randy Lerner. “We will spend the rest of the week finalizing the details of the agreement and will make a formal announcement next week, at which time we will make him available to the media.”

The question that will likely to be asked first is of the future of head coach Eric Mangini. The Browns are 3-11 under him, but have won two straight, including a shocking home win over the Super Bowl champion Steelers a week ago Thursday.

“I’m really focused on the group and getting them ready to play,” Mangini said. “As far as a timeline or any of the other things, it’s not what I’m doing or concentrating on. It’s not what the coaches are concentrating on and not what the players are concentrating on. What I’m looking to do is coach the team. That’s it.”

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2 Responses to “It’s Official: Holmgren Agrees to Join the Browns as President”

  1. Denolakes says:

    OK. Club President. Not GM. Not coach. President. I like Holmgren. He seems like a dedicated fella. He has certainly proven his abilities as a coach. GM, not so much. Assessment of talent for draft, could be better. But, well-respected in the league by owners and players alike, from what I read. So, let’s start this incarnation of the Browns on a positive. My guess is Mangini will stay — but there will be a football mind to prevent him from becoming too much of an idiot. And, dare we hope, maybe this team is actually building something worthwhile — something that should have been done a decade ago.

  2. ButchGavlen says:

    I think he’s going to prove to be somewhere between what he did as coach and end-all, be-all; maybe a little better because of experience and time. Let’s hope a lot of his problem was biting off too much. So assuming he gives Mangini a year, who do we think he’s gonna go after as gm?

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