Reporting Daryl Ruiter
SEATTLE (92.3 The Fan) - Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren took to the Seattle airwaves again Monday.
Holmgren reiterated that he likes Colt McCoy and also clarified his comments on the Browns attempt to land the No. 2 pick in the draft from St. Louis in an interview Monday morning with Dave “Softy” Mahler on KJR-AM 950.
Holmgren told Mahler that his comments to season ticket holders last Thursday about missing out on a trade with the Rams were blown out of proportion – again by the media.
“I think that, as happens on occasion with the media, got overstated just a little bit,” Holmgren told Mahler.
“We were involved in discussions, let’s put it that way,” Holmgren said. “I thought we had enough bullets in the gun to perhaps make a run at that, and it turned out we didn’t. I think trades are kind of like games. You get competitive with it. At the time, we were kind of fired up about it. We were disappointed. Then you go on to Plan B or Plan C. That’s what happens with trades. That’s what happens with the draft.”
As far as his anger or disappointment in not getting Robert Griffin III, Holmgren has moved on.
“The one thing I’ve learned over the years is you can’t get so excited about a single transaction or a single draft pick or your position in the draft because sometimes that guy doesn’t fall to you,” Holmgren said. “Sometimes you don’t get him. So if you let it bother you too much, then you can’t regroup and do what you have to do after that.”
Holmgren also told Mahler that he’s not worried about any negative reaction from Colt McCoy because of their pursuit of Griffin – or any other quarterback.
“I really don’t, I think he’s a competitive guy,” Holmgren said. “He understands this business. He and I had a really good talk before he left in the offseason. He knew there was gonna be competition coming into this next offseason and next training camp. I think if you’re just honest with them, then they’ll be able to handle most things. Is there a little side of any of the players that is touched by something like that? I think in all honesty there probably is but you know what? It’s a business, and you’ve gotta bounce back and how you bounce back determines what kind of a guy you are.”
Clearly Holmgren and the Browns are not sold on McCoy but he told Mahler looking for quarterback’s will always be part of the game plan regardless of who his starter is.
“Listen, I want to make something pretty clear… I like Colt McCoy as a player,” Holmgren said. “I think he’s a fine player and has a chance to be a fine player in this league. I thought last year, one, he got beat up pretty good. We didn’t protect him quite as well. I thought our running game after Peyton Hillis got hurt wasn’t helping him enough in my opinion. And then we had the lockout, so you had a new coach, new system, new quarterback. So you put all that together, and I think it was a little bit of a short deck. So I’m not down on Colt McCoy at all.
“I will always and I think as long as I’m in a position like this, we are always going to look for quarterbacks, make that pile a little bigger, try to create some competition to try to bring the best out of the people you already have.
“I know Colt as a person, and he’ll respond as well as anyone in the world will to this. So I’m not down on Colt. He can play.”
Seattle announced the signing of Matt Flynn Monday to a three-year contract. Holmgren confirmed that the Browns did take a look at Flynn but didn’t exactly give the former Packers backup a ringing endorsement.
“Well, we did our due diligence and looked at, I would guess we probably, including the draft, looked at 10 or 12 quarterbacks, maybe even more and Matt was one them, yeah,” Holmgren said.
Holmgren did concede that once they decide on a quarterback that they must commit to him.
“Once you decide that he’s your guy – once you decide that that’s the direction you want to go – then it’s pretty important that you commit,” Holmgren said. “You say, ‘O.K. we’re going to get through the tough stuff together. We know there’s going to be some learning curve and some struggles. But that’s O.K.’ If you believe in the person, and then that gives that guy confidence that he believes in you and you start developing the trust you need.”
The problem is that in year three of his reign as team president, the Browns still have no one to commit to.
Until he and the Browns solve that part of the equation – no one will be calling him asking for playoff tickets.