Mike Holmgren, the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator the past three seasons, took over yesterday as coach of the Green Bay Packers, a franchise with only five winning seasons since capturing Super Bowl II under Vince Lombardi in 1968.
Holmgren, who signed a guaranteed five-year contract for a reported $2.5 million in his first head coaching job, didn't promise a quick fix.
"I'm going to hold off on any predictions," he said in Green Bay, Wis. "It's important to turn it around, and we will do that. We'll talk about a timetable later."
Holmgren, 43, got his start in the NFL when Bill Walsh hired him to coach 49ers quarterbacks in 1986. In six years with San Francisco, he worked with Joe Montana and also coached in two Super Bowl victories.
"Bill gave me a great foundation, but hopefully we can put a Mike Holmgren stamp on what goes on in Green Bay," said Holmgren, who also talked to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts about their coaching vacancies.
* 49ERS: San Francisco regained a second-round draft choice when it resolved its dispute with Green Bay that grew out of the 49ers' acquisition of linebacker Tim Harris from Green Bay last Sept. 30.
The 49ers were upset that Green Bay failed to disclose Harris was the subject of a drug investigation that ended without any charges.
It was agreed that the Packers would return the 49ers' second-round pick for '92, the 45th selection overall, while the Packers would retain San Francisco's second-round pick for '93 as payment for Harris.
In addition, the 49ers released Holmgren from his contract, and he will be able to take any of the 49ers' assistants with him as long as they are getting a promotion.