Holmgren to Raiders could make for uncomfortable dynamic

Holmgren to Raiders could make for uncomfortable dynamic
February 26, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Could Mike Holmgren and Reggie McKenzie peacefully co-exist in Oakland? (USA TODAY IMAGES)

What was rumored more than three weeks ago gained legs and traction on Tuesday -- the Raiders have talked with Mike Holmgren about a "leadership position" with the organization, according to a report by ESPN, and confirmed by CSNBayArea.com.

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At first glance, the inclusion of Holmgren would be an intriguing one indeed, given his successful run as a head coach with Green Bay, where he won a Lombardi Trophy, and Seattle, where he took the Seahawks to another Super Bowl.

He also ran the Cleveland Browns from 2010 through last season, so he has that executive experience under his belt.

And it's no secret the Raiders have been flirting with the idea of bringing in a team president-type, having already talked with Ray Anderson, the NFL's senior vice president of football operations, and Scott O'Neal, a former president of Madison Square Garden.

Those two candidates would seemingly make more sense, though, in that the Raiders purportedly need another business mind to join CEO Amy Trask, what with the stadium issues at hand, more than another chef in general manager Reggie McKenzie's football operations kitchen.

And that is Holmgren's background -- football, not business.

Yes, much has been made about the relationship between Holmgren and McKenzie from their days together in Green Bay, but, as McKenzie has said time and again, this is his football team.

Unless, of course, it's not.

"As a general policy, the Raiders don't comment on personnel matters, so the team isn't able to confirm or deny the report," Raiders director of media relations Zak Gilbert said in a statement. "If the organization has more to say in the future, I will let you know."

Holmgren, who turns 65 on June 15, met with the Raiders last week, a source confirmed, and according to ESPN, he is currently on vacation in Europe. His joining the Raiders might make for an uncomfortable dynamic.

Or have you forgotten that McKenzie was hired by Mark Davis to be, well, Al Davis, the team's football czar answering to no one.

And why would Holmgren, a San Francisco native who is reportedly itching to get back and work on the West Coast, join a situation in which he was not the boss?

Plus, keep in mind, he said over the offseason that he would be open to coaching again.

Holmgren overseeing McKenzie might actually be more unsettling for coach Dennis Allen, with the specter of a slow start putting Allen in the hot seat and Holmgren replacing Allen with himself.

All big leaps, yes. But logical leaps with the somewhat illogical thought of Holmgren joining the Raiders.