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Mike Holmgren wanted to coach the 49ers but was told he was “too old”

Mike Holmgren wanted to coach the 49ers but was told he was "too old"

Mike Holmgren wanted to coach the 49ers but was told he was “too old”

San Francisco 49ers are moving forward this year with Jim Tomsula and a thrown together coaching staff, but they could have had a veteran Super Bowl winning coach. Mike Holmgren told Rich Eisen that he really wanted to coach the 49ers, but the team told him he was “too old”. 

“[T]his last December, after the season, I had a couple of chances, and almost took one of them, and then realized that, ‘What am I doing?’” Holmgren told Rich Eisen on Friday. “You know, I’d be traveling across the country and my grandkids are all in Seattle, and my life is really good but I had the bug still, and then I told my agent, ‘You know, the one I’d really kind of like to do is San Francisco,’ and so they reached out to the 49ers and essentially, I got a call back saying, ‘Nah, we’re going with a younger guy.’”

“I probably needed to hear that because you get your ego stroked and you’re flattered when people call you and you kind of get into a place where I’m not sure you’re making great decisions, but when I heard that I said, ‘Okay, I needed to hear that and now I’m going onto other things.’”

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