Deposed Holmgren hints at coaching again

The Bears' Brian Urlacher blocking a pass by Matthew Stafford of Detroit during Chicago's 13-7 victory Monday night.
The Bears' Brian Urlacher blocking a pass by Matthew Stafford of Detroit during Chicago's 13-7 victory Monday night. (Getty)
Posted: October 25, 2012

On his way out as Browns president, Mike Holmgren would not rule out a return to coaching in the NFL.

Holmgren, who is stepping down after three years in Cleveland, would not commit Tuesday to staying for the remainder of this season to work with new owner Jimmy Haslam. Holmgren said he would like to help Haslam and incoming CEO Joe Banner in their transition, but doesn't know if that will be possible.

"I want to feel like I'm contributing," Holmgren said. "If I could help one player or one coach be a little better and I feel like I'm contributing, that could happen."

Holmgren said one of his only regrets during his time with the Browns was "we did not win enough games. I'm hoping the table is set for the future."

As for his own future, Holmgren said he misses coaching and hinted at a return to the sideline.

"I don't know," said the 64-year-old, who led Green Bay and Seattle to the Super Bowl, winning one title with the Packers. "I do miss the coaching part."

Suh may escape a fine

Ndamukong Suh appears to be in the clear on his big hit on Jay Cutler, and the Bears quarterback and others said that's just how it should be.

Suh sacked Cutler violently to the ground late in the first half of Monday's 13-7 Bears win, injuring Cutler's ribs and resuscitating talk that he's a dirty player.

A league spokesman said the play was legal, and Cutler said on his weekly radio show that the play was "clean" and Suh is "a good player."

Rams arrive in London

Things are moving quickly for Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams as they deal with a change of continents and time zones.

Now their bodies just have to catch up in time for the annual NFL game in London on Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Stadium funding OKd

The Green Bay Packers will benefit from an NFL stadium construction program included in the league's new collective bargaining agreement.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that league owners have approved the Packers' request for $58 million to help renovate Lambeau Field.

The Packers are in the process of adding about 7,000 seats in the south end zone and have already installed a new sound system, video boards and an entrance. The team's recent stock sale raised $67 million for the $143 million renovation. The NFL's contribution will help pay the balance.

San Francisco is the first team receiving money from the program for construction of a new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Redskins cut Grant

The Washington Redskins released running back Ryan Grant and brought back running back Keiland Williams.

Grant was signed last month after a pair of injuries left the backfield depleted behind starter Alfred Morris. The former Green Bay Packers back appeared in only one game with Washington.

Carolina blues

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says the midseason firing of general manager Marty Hurney sends a clear message to him and others in the organization that nobody's job is safe.

Rivera says Carolina's final 10 games are "an evaluation process" and he hasn't ruled out firing assistant coaches or cutting players for underperforming.


This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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