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49ers Aren’t Interested in Hiring Former Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren for Head Coaching Vacancy

January 5th, 2015 at 1:12 PM
By Doug Rush

Four years ago, the San Francisco 49ers were interested in bringing in Bill Parcells to be their head coach. Parcells at the time was age 69 and had not coached in three years.

Four years later though, the 49ers aren't interested in the former Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren, currently 66 years old, who last coached in the NFL with Seattle back in 2008, as he told Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group that he was offered several of the current head coaching job vacancies in the NFL, but the 49ers were the only one that appealed to him. However, he said that they weren't interested in him and that he's officially turning the page on ever coaching again.

"That's it."

Holmgren was last in the NFL back in 2010 when he was the team president of the Cleveland Browns for three seasons, but with new ownership, Holmgren decided not to return for 2011.

The 49ers have been looking for a new head coach to take over the team with Jim Harbaugh leaving after the 2014 regular season to take the head coaching job for the University of Michigan, and Holmgren, a once Super Bowl winning head coach, had previous ties with the 49ers when he was the quarterbacks coach from 1986 to 1988 and then the offensive coordinator from 1989 until 1991 until he was hired in 1992 to take over the Green Bay Packers job.

Holmgren lead Green Bay to a Super Bowl XXXI victory in the 1996 season before he left in 1999 to take the Seattle Seahawks head coaching job, as well as the general manager job, but he was relieved of the GM duties in 2002 and stuck to coaching. Holmgren got the Seahawks to their first ever Super Bowl trip in 2005, but lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL.

After coaching in the Super Bowl, Holmgren coached three more seasons, two of which were postseason trips, but his last one was a 4-12 campaign before he stepped away from coaching in 2008. Holmgren isn't the only former 49ers assistant the team had ties to for the head coaching job; Mike Shanahan has interviewed for the job this past week.

Tags: Football, Green Bay Packers, Mike Holmgren, NFL, San Francisco, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks

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