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Mike Holmgren Wanted to Coach the 49ers

Mike Holmgren

Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Holmgren — our main man, The Walrus — just couldn’t leave it alone.

Holmgren got the coaching bug again back in December. He says he was offered a couple jobs — ones he ultimately didn’t want — and that made him turn his thoughts to the San Francisco 49ers, who were then ridding themselves of King Douche, Jim Harbaugh.

Holmgren, who was the 49ers offensive coordinator before being hired to coach the Packers, didn’t quite get the answer he was looking for, however.

“[T]his last December, after the season, I had a couple of chances, and almost took one of them, and then realized that, ‘What am I doing?’” Holmgren told Rich Eisen on Friday. “You know, I’d be traveling across the country and my grandkids are all in Seattle, and my life is really good but I had the bug still, and then I told my agent, ‘You know, the one I’d really kind of like to do is San Francisco,’ and so they reached out to the 49ers and essentially, I got a call back saying, ‘Nah, we’re going with a younger guy.’”

The 49ers went ahead and promoted defensive line coach Jim Tomsula to head coach. Tomsula is 20 years Holmgren’s junior, so he fits the bill of being a younger guy.

He also seems to have loser written all over him, but time will tell.

As for Holmgren, he’ll just have to settle for playing with the grandkids and being the jolly old fat man.

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  1. Deepsky July 28, 2015

    Not surprising. Holmgren’s kids hated Green Bay.

    Compare that to McCarthy. He loves Green Bay, his wife is from Green Bay and he is raising the children of the Green Bay Packaging CEO (and Packer board member) which prevents him from leaving Wisconsin with them.