Even before the 49ers dismissed head coach Mike Nolan this week, speculation had run rampant that Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren could surface in a Bill Parcells-executive-type role in San Francisco next season.
And it might happen one day.
But one day certainly does not sound like next season.
One source close to the Seahawks said Wednesday that, short of the 49ers offering Holmgren a stake of ownership in the team — and even that might not change the circumstances — Seattle’s head coach will not be working for San Francisco next season.
“Under no circumstance could I see him doing that — zero, none,” the source said. “It would be absolutely shocking to me. It would be extraordinarily difficult for (Holmgren) to ever entertain that idea.”
Holmgren has worked for the 49ers, watched how they have operated, and is well familiar with the York family that owns the team. Right now, according to those that know him, Holmgren has little desire to work there again.
Holmgren even has vowed to his family that, after this season, his last with the Seahawks, he will spend 2009 out of football. What happens for the 2010 season is a different story and issue. But who can say what one man will be thinking two seasons from now when it is difficult enough to get through this season?
The only thing certain about Holmgren’s thinking is that he will not wind up with the 49ers in 2009, despite the rampant speculation to the contrary.