Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren has had a fantastic career. Brett Favre blossomed under his tutelage in Green Bay. He won a Super Bowl and returned a title to Titletown. Life was good up in Cheeshead Land.
Then he went to Seattle to assume the do-it-all role of coach and general manager. That’s OK. He eventually shed the general manager role to focus on coaching.
Holmgren announced during this past offseason after flirting with retirement that he would honor his contract and the 2008 campaign would be his last. He’s going out on his terms and we appreciate that. It’s always good to tell The Man what you’re doing rather than the other way around.
He’s had some fantastic teams in the Pacific Northwest. Just fantastic. He’s gone to the playoffs and built a consistent winner. There is probably not a better home field advantage in the NFL.
Well, until now, apparently. You might not have noticed, but the Seahawks lost to the 49ers at home this weekend in overtime. Blech. So much for that homefield advantage against a young team that’s not even any good.
The Seahawks are 0-2 in the suddenly wide open NFC West. Their chances of making the playoffs, as we all know, are looking pretty dim.
And this sure can’t be what Holmgren had in mind when he committed to a final season.
It’s a shame, really. Granted, nobody expected the Seahawks to compete for a Super Bowl berth or anything, but should he have to endure a possibly bad season where his team could lose the division to an Arizona Cardinals team with KURT WARNER as its starting quarterback?
Man, Mike, we feel sad inside for you. Hopefully you can rally the boys. It’s been a good ride.