Thoughts as Holmgren hints at coaching

Mike Holmgren grew up in San Francisco and worked for the 49ers, became head coach in Seattle and has owned a vacation home in Arizona.

That gives the outgoing Cleveland Browns boss ties to three NFC West cities.

It's just tough to envision Holmgren landing in the division anytime soon, even though he expressed interest in potentially coaching again.

"I learned a lot of things in the last three years," Holmgren told reporters in his farewell news conference with the Browns. "One of the things that I thought I knew and now I'm sure, I do miss the coaching part of it. I really do."

NFC West teams aren't hiring. I would expect every current coach in the division to return for 2013. Organizations sometimes do strange things when given a chance to land their preferred candidates. That happened in Seattle when the team replaced Jim Mora with Pete Carroll after only one season. That type of sudden turnabout doesn't seem likely.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is under contract through 2013, with a team option for 2014. Jim Harbaugh's five-year deal with the 49ers runs through 2015. Carroll's five-year deal with Seattle runs through 2014. Jeff Fisher's five-year deal with the Rams runs through 2016.

Holmgren demanded full control of football operations upon his hiring with the Seahawks in 1999. He had similar powers with the Browns, minus the coaching duties. I'm not sure he could command such sweeping powers at this stage. Holmgren is 64 years old and coming off a few down years. He was the hottest candidate around when leaving the Packers for Seattle. Circumstances are less favorable for him now.