Here is the opening to my Thursday column about the possibility of Mike Holmgren taking over the Raiders:

A while back, Mike Holmgren was a great football man, Super Bowl winner and heir to the Bill Walsh legacy, perhaps Walsh’s most distinguished heir.

He no longer is a great football man, hasn’t been in a long time. His decline is relevant around these parts. Reports say he’s a candidate to run the Raiders. If he gets the gig, that would be unfortunate.

Understand, I have nothing against Mike Holmgren. I knew him when he coached for the 49ers and I’ve known him after, and he’s a nice man. But he’s all wrong for the rebuilding Raiders.

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