July 28, 2015

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Win over Steelers was president Mike Holmgren’s last game with team

CLEVELAND — The 20-14 win over the Steelers was Mike Holmgren’s final game as Browns president.

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A team spokesman confirmed after the game a CBS report that Holmgren would leave the team this week. He’ll meet with the media Monday afternoon.

Holmgren left open the possibility of leaving before the end of the season during a news conference following the hiring of Joe Banner as CEO. There was no longer room at the top of the organization for Holmgren, who has two-plus years remaining on his five-year contract.

Holmgren said he didn’t want to stay if it became awkward inside Browns headquarters with the regime of new owner Jimmy Haslam.

Holmgren’s tenure has been viewed largely as a flop because he was unable to duplicate the playoff success he had as a coach in Green Bay and Seattle.

He didn’t return to the sidelines as coach despite two opportunities, then said last month he missed it and didn’t rule out coaching again elsewhere. He’s been reported as a candidate in Dallas if Jason Garrett is fired.

Holmgren talked to Haslam in the locker room after the win Sunday. The Browns went 12-31 during Holmgren’s time in Cleveland.


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