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The 49ers are the only team that could get Mike Holmgren to return to the sideline. But Holmgren said on Monday that the 49ers are not interested.
“It’s not that hard,” Holmgren said on Seattle radio station KJR. “There was always a side of me that says, ‘OK, at my age, I get it.’ Every organization is looking for, if they’re being honest, a guy who can be the coach for the next 10, 15 years. That’s what they want. I get that.
“Now, if my reputation would allow me to go in for a five-year shot or something, which would be realistic, then, OK. But I get that. I was prepared for that.”
Holmgren said he was offered an NFL head-coaching job within the past two weeks and turned it down.
Holmgren, 66, a San Francisco native, spent six seasons on the 49ers’ offensive staff under Bill Walsh and George Seifert before landing the Green Bay Packers’ head-coaching job in 1992.
He has not been a head coach since his 2008 Seattle Seahawks went 4-12. In his 17-year career, Holmgren won a Super Bowl with the Packers, and other NFC Championships with Green Bay and Seattle.
Holmgren worked as Cleveland Browns team president from 2010 to ’12. On Monday, he said his coaching career is finished after coming to the realization he is not a candidate for the one job that he coveted. The 49ers have interviewed six coaches in their search to replace Jim Harbaugh. But Holmgren said the 49ers are not interested in him.
When it was suggested to him that Holmgren is too strong of a personality to mesh with the 49ers’ ownership and management structure, Holmgren said, “We don’t know. I don’t know. That’s beside the point now. The important thing is, it’s done.”