A familiar voice is returning to Seattle radio, as 950 KJR announced this afternoon that former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren will be joining the station.
News of Holmgren’s return came via its Twitter account: “We are excited to announce Mike Holmgren is joining our team as a regular contributor and NFL expert.”
Holmgren, now 64, became the Seahawks’ coach – as well as executive vice president of operations/general manager – in 1999. The team won the AFC West title that season, which was a preview of even better things to come.
After a couple of subpar seasons (6-10 in 2000 and 7-9 in 2002), the Holmgren-coached Seahawks advanced to the playoffs for five consecutive years (2003-07) and won the NFC West four times (2004-07) – highlighted by the franchise-best 13-3 regular-season record and run to the Super Bowl in 2005.
Holmgren stepped away from the game following a 4-12 season in 2008 – preferring the term “sabbatical” rather than “retired” – but returned in 2010 to become president of the Browns. He was relieved of those duties after Jimmy Haslam purchased the franchise last season.