Holmgren hasn’t made decision on Mangini

New Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren held a session with the media for the first time Monday, taking questions from reporters via conference call. Holmgren covered a number of topics, so here are a few of the notable points:

  • Holmgren said he will meet with Eric Mangini next week, but has made no decision on the coach’s status: “It would be really unfair to make any decision now. He’s at the end of finishing his first season there and the team is doing well and has clearly responded to him. … He’s working like crazy to finish the season on an upbeat note.”
  • He’s not a fan of the quick hook for coaches: “I really don’t think one year is enough to prove what you’re trying to get done. … I wouldn’t be a big fan of just allowing a guy to coach one year and out. But, having said that, I haven’t made any decisions yet. Eric and I will talk next week. I still have some time to think about this. I want to do what is right for the Cleveland Browns. That’s my charge.”
  • Holmgren will hire a general manager: “Right now, I’m putting together the structure of the organization as far as how I would like to do it. A lot of these things can’t be done until the season is over, as far as other people.”
  • For now, at least, Holmgren has no plans to coach, but he appeared to leave that window open: “As far as coaching on the field, in the near future, I’m not going to do that. Now, things can change, I suppose, down the road. But I accepted this new challenge in my career, and I’m really excited about it. It’s different, because I won’t be on the field. But I’ll be doing everything in my power to help make the head coach successful.”
  • Holmgren isn’t ready to share his input on the team’s quarterback situation: “That question has to be answered down the road. Not just by one person, but by a group. I know this: It’s very, very important to have your quarterback play well to be successful. Everyone knows that. In fairness to Brady [Quinn] and to Derek [Anderson], or any quarterback with the Browns, it’s too early for me to comment on that. I’m not going to be the coach, but I’m going to work very closely with the coach on personnel.”
  • He can sense the frustration of Browns fans, and it’s part of why he took the job: “That’s a little bit why I took the job. There’s something inside of me that enjoys the challenge of fixing something, tweaking something, to get it on track again. I know we have a great fan base in Cleveland. I know that. They’ve been very loyal.”

The Browns have posted some of Holmgren’s comments on their Twitter page, and have also posted audio of the conference call on their official site.

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