Mike Holmgren tells KJR Radio Seattle he wants back in the game

55659523Former Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren intends to remain out of football this coming season, but told KJR-AM radio’s Dave “Softy” Mahler on Tuesday that he plans to return to the NFL in 2010.

Holmgren said he doesn’t know if he wants to continue in coaching or take a front-office job, but made it clear that he’s not ready for retirement.

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“I think I want to work again. Yeah, absolutely,” Holmgren told Mahler. “We’re going to take the year off, then after next season we’ll see. I plan to go back to work. Now where and in what capacity, that is

pretty vague. But I know this. I want to do something. That’s pretty much a given.

“I’ll be open. They’re hiring new coaches for one thing and I”m a bit of a dinosaur. I’m young at heart, but the simple fact is I’m not going to presume anything. I’ll be open to just about any possibility.”

Holmgren even left the door open for a return to the Seahawks, though he acknowledged that seems a long shot.

“Right now it would be pretty hard to say that,” he said. “But I will say this. We love Seattle. We’ll always have a home there. My children and grand kids are there. Tod Leiweke is the best thing that ever happened to the Seahawks. He’s done a wonderful job of exciting and embracing the community on the business side.

“I’d never say never. That would be a nice thing if I could come back and work in some capacity. But right now they’re pretty well set and they’re going to have a good season. But at some point, I would never rule that out, no.”

He said the football itch has been hard to ignore.

“On draft day I was getting involved watching on TV and I kind of had to check myself and say, ‘Listen, I don’t need to get all worked up about this right now.’ One of the purposes of taking a year off was to see how I’d react to that and how Kathy and I would react as a couple.

“We’re doing that. We’re sticking with the plan. But I have had days, certainly. You do something for so long and enjoy it so much, it’s human nature that you’re going to miss it.”