The Browns didn’t make much secret about their desire to trade up for a shot at drafting Robert Griffin III and team president Mike Holmgren didn’t do much to hide his displeasure about the deal the Rams made with the Redskins.
Nothing’s going to get them Griffin, which means that they have to turn their attention back to the quarterback that they already have in the starting lineup. That would be Colt McCoy, of course, and Holmgren talked about him during an appearance on KJR Radio in Seattle (via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer) on Monday. Holmgren doesn’t think the public pursuit of Griffin will do anything to shake McCoy’s confidence.
“He understands this business,” Holmgren said. “He and I had a really good talk before he left in the off-season. And he knew there was going to be competition coming into this next off-season and next training camp. I think if you’re just honest with him, then they’ll be able to handle most things. Is there a little side to any of the players that gets touched by something like that? In all honesty, there probably is. But, you know what? It’s a business and you gotta bounce back. And how you bounce back determines what kind of a guy you are.”
Holmgren went on to say that he still believes McCoy is a good quarterback and that he just believes in creating competition for the job. Which would be well and good if that’s what the Browns were actually doing when they tried to trade up for a shot at Griffin.
Coming off of a 4-12 season, you probably aren’t going to make a deal that guts your supply of draft picks in the future for a chance to draft a player at a position where you already have a player you really like. Holmgren’s words always express support in McCoy, but the team’s actions speak very differently. Trading for Griffin would have been about getting a new starter, not about getting a guy to push McCoy toward being a better quarterback.
McCoy’s confidence level might not bother Holmgren, but his performance level obviously does. That’s the bigger problem for the Browns.