A report surfaced over the weekend that lame-duck Cleveland Browns president and former Super Bowl champion coach Mike Holmgren would be interested in coaching the Cowboys if Jason Garrett was fired at the end of the season because of the talent on the roster and his long-time relationship with owner Jerry Jones.
Holmgren tried to shoot down those rumors on Monday when he told the local media in Cleveland that he has had no conversations about his future with anyone _ although he didn’t say he wouldn’t be interested in the job.
''I haven't booked my tickets to Dallas,'' Holmgren said. ''I haven't talked to a single soul. That's the first thing. The second thing is I honestly don't know what the future holds or what I want to do. Honestly. Believe me on that. Thirdly, I've always been, quite honestly, bothered by the speculation during the season when coaches are trying to work and they're fighting like crazy for their jobs, and I would never do that. I would never do that to anybody. I have tremendous respect for obviously Jason Garrett.''
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave credence to the initial report on Tuesday when he expressed respect for Holmgren and admitted being flattered by his interest. But he said on his radio show on KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan that he is all about Jason Garrett.
“I can’t get into that conversation because of how fired up I am about the future of Jason,” Jones said. “The future is now. I’m fired about him and what he can be as coach of the Cowboys. Mike Holmgren is someone I can’t tell you on an individual basis how much I respect. He is everything you would want as far as a coach is concerned. I appreciate the compliment when he was talking about how he was impressed with our talent and the fact the fact that we could work together. That is just the case. But the bottom line is it’s all about Jason with me.”
Jones and Holmgren get to rekindle their mutual admiration for each other on Sunday when the Browns play the Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium.
And there is no truth to the rumor that Holmgren will be a guest in Jones' private suite _ just speculation.