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Mike Holmgren meets with Raiders, says coaching "itch" will never go away

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Stephen Dunn

Among the recent swirling ideas and rumors of who could ultimately be the Raiders next head coach, a new name has popped up - Mike Holmgren. He visited the Raiders facility last week as first reported by Pro Football Talk and the mere presence of the former Super Bowl champion head coach makes for an intriguing possibility.

Holmgren appeared on local Seattle radio station KJR Monday and admitted he did indeed meet with the Raiders last week.

"Yeah, I did go down there," Holmgren told host Mitch Levy.  "A couple of years ago, I had met with Mark [Davis] about possibly working with the Raiders, and it didn't work out. . .  And Reggie McKenzie did work with me in Green Bay for many, many years.  So I do have a relationship with him, those are all true.  So they phoned me up, I went down there for a day and looked at some film.  They had the bye after the London game.  And just to float some ideas, and get another opinion of the team and what was going on.  No jobs were discussed.  Nothing like that, it was more just a pop in and pop out, and that's what I did."

When asked if Holmgren could possibly be the next head coach of the Raiders, his answer was not definitive, saying "Probably not".

Holmgren went on to say "Every once in a while, you get a phone call or some little itch there, and I don't know if that'll ever go away."

Holmgren last served as team president of the Cleveland Browns. The 66-year-old has not been a head coach in the NFL since 2008 in Seattle where he spent nine seasons as head coach, executive vice president, and general manager. He led the Seahawks to their first ever Super Bowl appearance in 2005.

Previous to that, he had been the head coach of the Green Bay Packers for seven seasons which included two trips to the Super Bowl, winning it in 1996.

If Mark Davis wants to make a big splash with his next head coach, this one would definitely fit that description.