In hopes of squashing a rumor, which surfaced during the weekend, Holmgren made it clear on Monday that he has no intent on coaching the Cowboys.
“I haven’t booked my tickets to Dallas. I haven’t talked to a single soul. That’s the first thing,” Holmgren said. “The second thing is I honestly don’t know what the future holds or what I want to do. Honestly. Believe me on that. Thirdly, 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. I would never do that to anybody. I have tremendous respect for obviously Jason Garrett.”
During the weekend, CBS’s Jason LaCanfora reported that Holmgren had “a serious interest” in coaching the Cowboys if the job were available.
Add to that, the rumor the Cowboys could pursue Sean Payton, and it makes for some stressful times for the Cowboys coaching staff, which is already under the spotlight because the Cowboys are not winning many games these days.
“I just wouldn’t do that. So help me with that, please,” Holmgren said. “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 was not offered a position under Browns’ new ownership, but plans to stay with the team in an advisory role until the end of the season, and said he does not know how the rumor got started, but he wants to end it.
“I don’t know anything about it, I’m just telling you what I’m saying. I’m telling you, and you got it straight from the horse’s mouth,” Holmgren said. “I cannot imagine that. Why I came down here, is that it’s everything I don’t believe in on a story like that. I wouldn’t do that, and I didn’t do it. That’s why.”
Kudos to Holmgren for clearing the air, now if only Payton would come out and say if he’s interested in the job… should it become available.