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 KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -Mike Holmgren will return for a final season as coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle's veteran coach announced his decision Tuesday, after spending the weekend with his wife at their offseason Arizona home.
``Kathy and I came to this decision to finish my contract,'' said Holmgren, who had hinted at retirement for weeks. ``This will be my last year. We are going to make it the best year ever.
``And then probably after that, I will take a little time off - but not yet. We are going to go after it hard.''
Seattle, which won its fourth consecutive NFC West title, was eliminated by Green Bay in the divisional playoffs.
Holmgren's record with Green Bay and Seattle, where he arrived in 1999, is 170-110, one win behind former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs for 10th in NFL history. Holmgren is 86-68 in nine seasons with Seattle. He passed Chuck Knox this season for most victories by a Seahawks coach.
Seattle will return the core of its team next season, and five of the Seahawks' six division titles have come under Holmgren.

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