Vic Carucci blogs his thoughts on Week 16. Check NFL.com later for his wrap-up column.
I can’t help but notice some hesitation on the part of some pundits when they discuss Mike Holmgren coaching his final two games before stepping away from the game in 2009, because they aren’t entirely certain the Seahawks coach will be stepping away from the sidelines.
Take it to the bank: He’s stepping away. Not just from Seattle, but from coaching and everything else that deals with the NFL, including a TV gig. At least, for one year. That’s a promise Holmgren made to his wife and, from everything I’ve been told, he is sticking with it. At least, for one year.
As someone very close to Holmgren told me recently, “He wants to re-charge his batteries in ’09, but all bets are off in 2010. He could decide to come back, if the right opportunity came along. Or he could stay retired.”
One thing I don’t expect to happen in ’09, as some have speculated, is for Holmgren to coach the 49ers (with whom he began his legendary NFL career as offensive coordinator) or take charge of their football operation in a capacity similar to the one Bill Parcells has in Miami. From what I’ve been told, the 49ers are in the middle of negotiations with Mike Singletary for a contract that would allow him to go from interim coach to full-fledged head coach.