October 20, 2014

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Browns outgoing president Mike Holmgren denies interest in Cowboys coaching job

BEREA – Outgoing Browns president Mike Holmgren stopped by the media room this afternoon to quash a CBS report that he has “serious interest” in coaching the Dallas Cowboys (4-5) if they make a change.

Holmgren said he hasn’t talked to anyone in Dallas, doesn’t know what his future holds and wouldn’t campaign for someone else’s job.

“I haven’t talked to a single soul,” Holmgren said. “I’ve always been, quite honestly, bothered by the speculation during the season when coaches are trying to work and they’re fighting like crazy for their jobs, and I would never do that.”

Jason Garrett is the Dallas coach, and owner Jerry Jones said Sunday night he “gives us an outstanding chance to be what we want to be.” Jones was responding to Jason La Canfora’s report on “The NFL Today” pregame show.

“I have tremendous respect for Jason Garrett,” Holmgren said. “Jerry Jones and I, I consider him a friend. But I just wouldn’t do that.

“So help me with that, please. I’m telling you the way it is. I have no idea how any of that stuff gets started, but I’m telling you the straight scoop on that, OK?”

Holmgren said he plans to stay with the Browns through the end of the season unless the situation doesn’t work. He’s supposed to help with the transition to new owner Jimmy Haslam and new CEO Joe Banner.

Holmgren, 64, said during his “going-away news conference” Oct. 23 that he misses coaching and didn’t rule out a return to the sideline.