Former Superbowl winning head coach in line for management position as part of Raiders rebuilding strategy.
The Oakland Raiders go into this off-season in complete rebuild mode. The team has more holes in its roster than a sieve, and an organisation that has been poorly run over the last few years that has decimated the coaching staff and identity of a once storied franchise.
This re-building process will take a lot longer than most. Without a pick in the first two rounds of the upcoming draft, instant success will not arrive in Oakland, and it may not for a few more seasons.
Mike Holmgren is reported by ESPN to be in talks with the franchise over a possible organisational role within the team’s front office.
Having built a reputation for spotting good talent within his own team and others, it is likely that the former Packers and Seahawks head coach will take on an executive talent evaluator or scouting role within the team.
With so little in the way of freedom, both in draft picks and salary cap space, the entire organisation must be patient when it comes to building this team to become competitive once more.
Holmgren fits the bill as someone who can clear all the deadwood in the team and help the tea improve, but it is only one small piece in a very large jigsaw that must be put together very slowly for the team to achieve.
The first decision he must make surrounds Carson Palmer at Quarterback. Due $15m next season and playing no where there the kind of level that money suggests, it will be a tough decision for the Raiders as to whether to cut him, or take the cap hit and start backup Terrelle Pryor instead, who many believe is the future of the franchise.