Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) - Outgoing Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren did his best to put out a fire Monday afternoon.
Holmgren made an unscheduled appearance in the media room to deny a report from CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora on ‘The NFL Today’ Sunday that he would be interested in coaching the Dallas Cowboys should the job open up.
“I haven’t booked my tickets to Dallas,” Holmgren joked before he got serious in addressing the report.
“The last time I talked to anyone about my future was when I talked to you guys in this room,” Holmgren said. “I haven’t talked to a single soul.
“I have no idea how that stuff gets started, but I’m telling you the straight scoop on that, OK?”
Holmgren said the report, which has him interested in possibly replacing current Cowboys coach Jason Garrett next season, goes against everything he believes in.
“I have always, quite honestly, been bothered by the speculation during the season when coaches are trying to work and they’re fighting like crazy for their jobs,” Holmgren said. “I would never do that.
“I would never do that to anybody. I have tremendous respect for Jason Garrett. Jerry Jones and I, I consider him a friend. We worked on the committees a long time together but I just wouldn’t do that.”
Holmgren said that he hasn’t spoken to his agent Bob LaMonte in over a month and joked that he’s old news and LaMonte has lost his number.
“I don’t know what the future holds or what I want to do,” Holmgren said. “Honestly, believe me on that.”
Holmgren will travel with the Browns to Dallas this weekend and he does plan to say hi to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones but he doesn’t feel that the story will be any type of distraction.
“No, I can’t imagine that,” Holmgren said. “Why I came down here is [that] it’s everything I don’t believe, on a story like that.
“I wouldn’t do that and I didn’t do that.”
Holmgren also maintained that he hopes to remain with the Browns through the end of the season.
“As long as I feel like I’m contributing a little bit, helping some of the players and helping the coaches a little bit,” Holmgren said. “Joe [Banner] and I have talked about as long as I’m feeling good about a contribution yea [I'll stay].
“If I’m not helping that could change but right now the plan is to be here through the end of the season.”