Holmgren on Walter Jones: 'If I was still there I would be coaxing him into something. Trying anyway.'
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Cleveland president Mike Holmgren answered questions on Friday afternoon, appearing in a brown sweater -- as opposed to a Browns sweater.
Afterward, he was asked about tackle Walter Jones.
"That will be a huge hole to fill when he stops playing, and I hope he can play some more," Holmgren said. "I believe if I was still there I would be coaxing him into something. Trying anyway. But he has played a long time, and I think he has really been a warlrior the last couple years because he's played on some bad wheels, a bad shoulder and things. He's played a lot of football."
In Holmgren's final press conference as Seahawks coach, he said that Walter Jones was the best offensive football player he had ever coached.
"I did and then I got so much flack on that from the quarterbacks," Holmgren said. "They all started phoning me, 'What are you doing?'
"He's one of the best offensive players I've coached, yes, absolutely. And he's the best tackle."
That has become an increasingly important position over the past 10 years.
"The feeling that you have when you have a left tackle that can play like he does, you don't have to monkey with your protections that much that way," Holmgren said. "Very few teams can say that. Now we have a left tackle in Cleveland that's pretty darn good."
That would be Joe Thomas.
" But he's a young man so I'm not going to anoint him yet," Holmgren said, "but he's an awfully good player and I hope he plays as long and as well as Walter did."
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