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Mike Holmgren thinks Colt McCoy is fine with pursuit of Griffin

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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.

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58 Responses to “Mike Holmgren thinks Colt McCoy is fine with pursuit of Griffin”
  1. omgitskardashian says: Mar 20, 2012 9:52 AM

    Colt McCoy focuses on himself. He sent Jevan Snead packing in Texas and moved on. This may only motivate him, but it’s not like he has anyone around him to throw to

  2. waxthat says: Mar 20, 2012 9:52 AM

    “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.”

    Walrus,

    You took the words right out of Jim Harbaughs mouth.

  3. thatstinks says: Mar 20, 2012 9:55 AM

    Cool ! Then he will be fine with the Browns moving up to three to land Ryan Tannehill . My guess is Miami will get that pick & Cleveland will miss out again . I don’t get not going after Orton .

  4. pftcensorssuck says: Mar 20, 2012 9:56 AM

    Any quarterback coming off a 4-12 season really shouldn’t feel too secure, should he?

  5. seanincolumbus says: Mar 20, 2012 9:56 AM

    How many appearances does the President of the Cleveland Browns need to make on Seattle sportstalk?

    Shouldn’t he be on Cleveland sports radio?

    I think I understand why the Redskins got the #2 pick now.

  6. coonsqualler says: Mar 20, 2012 9:56 AM

    I wish everyone would let this organization do their job. Tired of all the negativity! Our team has improved in the 2 years, Let them finish already!!

    Just Sayin”….Go Brownies!!

  7. clarkisgod says: Mar 20, 2012 9:57 AM

    I honestly believe McCoy can be a good QB. Teams are too quick to discard players these days when they don’t come in and light it up immediately like Cam. Troy Aikman would have been cut for sure nowadays as bad as he was in the beginning.

  8. bigvinnyinjax says: Mar 20, 2012 9:58 AM

    I like McCoy, but he certainly can see the writing on the wall. He’s about to be Tebow’d right out of town.

  9. wryly1 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:59 AM

    When you review the modern history of the NFL, the teams that have had great QB’,s have had them fall in their lap, regardless of draft round – and then developed them. Very few exceptions to that general rule.

  10. kylemc1986 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:00 AM

    Tebow to the browns!!!

  11. clownsfan says: Mar 20, 2012 10:01 AM

    Colt has to be fine w/it.

  12. theshakeweight says: Mar 20, 2012 10:02 AM

    With the 1st pick of 2013 draft, the Cleveland Browns select Matt Barkely, Universtiy of Southern California.

  13. howiefeltersnatch says: Mar 20, 2012 10:10 AM

    My take: they never really wanted Griffin. Holmgren got on that call with the season ticket holders and told them they went after RGIII only to placate them.

    At best, if they did make an offer to the Rams, it was a low-ball offer they knew the they would refuse just to put a check in the ‘made an offer for RGIIII’ box.

  14. peterozelle says: Mar 20, 2012 10:11 AM

    If you’re a starting QB, at any level, you’re looking over your shoulder. When you’re in college, there’s a whole team of guys that call you a friend and still search the country to replace you. If you’re lucky enough to get to the NFL and start, you should have thick enough skin to realize that there is always someone better, just don’t give the coach a chance to let him in the game. It’s the nature of the beast.

  15. mrslay1 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:13 AM

    don’t you mean jim harbaughs mouth’S. He was so many how would you know which one it is:-)

  16. modellforprez says: Mar 20, 2012 10:13 AM

    colt doesn’t mind now cause they have no shot at rg3. Colt is gonna be that dude with some pieces around him they will be good.

  17. scottdragosnai says: Mar 20, 2012 10:13 AM

    He can’t remeber what happened 10 minutes ago after that hit he took from Harrison, of course he is fine with it.
    Scott Dragos NAI

  18. brownsfandrinkingmakersmark says: Mar 20, 2012 10:13 AM

    If he can’t handle this, he doesn’t have the mental make up to be an NFL QB. The QBs in San Fran, Tennessee, Miami, etc are dealing with the same thing.

    My expectations are low. Let’s start with completing a pass on 3rd and 8 that’s further than 3 yards…

  19. gmen1987 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:16 AM

    Good one Mike, you are one funny dude.

  20. upyoursnfu says: Mar 20, 2012 10:25 AM

    Holmgren also thinks its okay to eat a cheesesteak for breakfast

  21. steeelfann says: Mar 20, 2012 10:26 AM

    Sure he does.

  22. pl4tinum514 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:28 AM

    Colt needs to come out this year like a man posessed, put up some nice numbers and show that he’s mastered the WCO. He needs to play like he _does_ have RG3 crawling up his butt for playing time. If he can come out of the gate firing on all cylinders like he did against NO and the Pats the season before last, we’ll forget all about any of this.

  23. crazycane says: Mar 20, 2012 10:30 AM

    Colt McCloy with some decent WR’s would be just as good as Flacco.

  24. clwb419 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:32 AM

    thatstinks says:
    Mar 20, 2012 9:55 AM
    Cool ! Then he will be fine with the Browns moving up to three to land Ryan Tannehill . My guess is Miami will get that pick & Cleveland will miss out again . I don’t get not going after Orton .

    ———————————————-

    Orton? Moving up to 3 to take Tannehill when he’ll likely be there at 22 or maybe even 37? Please leave football to the adults.

  25. aequitas83 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:35 AM

    I said this before, I’ll say it again: Holmgren said this to a bunch of season ticket holders on a conference call. It sounds to me like he made the statement simply to throw a bone to some fans who, right or wrong, have bought into the immense hype around RG3.

    Holmgren and Heckert have stated over and over again that this is a long term project and they are not going to do much in FA, try to resign younger players they like (e.g., D’Qwell Jackson), acquire draft picks, and build through the draft. Trading away so many picks for a single player would be in direct contradiction of their espoused plan of the past two-three years.

    I’m sure they sounded out the Rams to do their due diligence, but I think everything else was just a sound bit to placate some customers.

  26. brownsfan39 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:38 AM

    They will probably trade their #4 pick for “future picks”!

  27. brownsfan39 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:39 AM

    Maybe Next Year!

  28. rowdymon says: Mar 20, 2012 10:40 AM

    Colt had no running game, no line and receivers like Robinski and massaqoui. He had to go to the rookie Little because he didn’t have time and nobody could separate. The year before he had a running game and a decent line and did much better. Get him some support and this kid will bring it.

  29. mwcarolina says: Mar 20, 2012 10:41 AM

    He sent Jevan Snead packing in Texas and moved on.
    —————————————————–
    well if Snead was any good, he would’ve beaten McCoy out, but he wasnt that good at all. he had his high and low moments. as for the Browns, they missed on one guy, now if i were them, i focus on Blackmon.

  30. guestsinger says: Mar 20, 2012 10:42 AM

    I can’t name a Browns receiver off the top of my head. I’m no football fanatic, but that tells me something. btw I can think of at least one receiver for 80% of the other teams in the NFL

  31. waltdawg says: Mar 20, 2012 10:48 AM

    Keep on blathering Mike….Just in case there was someone who still had an ounce of resepect for you….This article should help us all see how irrelevant you have become.

    Skins did nothing wrong but make a better deal.

  32. wwwfella says: Mar 20, 2012 10:49 AM

    How can McCoy be judged either way when he played with the worst receiving corps in the nfl? The Browns wr had more drops than any team in football right??

  33. thraiderskin says: Mar 20, 2012 10:56 AM

    He thinks Colt is okay with it, but if he is more than likely going to be your starter, shouldn’t you atleast talk to him about what went down? I’m not saying placate him, but atleast reassure him he is valuable to you, but RG3 presented an opportunity that was impossible to pass up at that time. Perhaps challenge him to prove you wrong.

  34. donpiton says: Mar 20, 2012 10:59 AM

    “McCoy’s confidence level might not bother Holmgren, but his performance level obviously does. That’s the bigger problem for the Browns.”

    I’m sure McCoy’s confidence level would be higher if he actually had some weapons on offense. #1 and 2 WR, stud RB, and TE would go a long way torwards making McCoy better.

  35. texline1 says: Mar 20, 2012 11:00 AM

    coonsqualler says: “I wish everyone would let this organization do their job. Tired of all the negativity! Our team has improved in the 2 years, Let them finish already!!

    Just Sayin”….Go Brownies!! ”
    Show me, don’t tell me. Where is the improvement? Certainly not in the ONLY column that counts. Wins.
    They suck and will continue to suck until Holmgren is gone. He is a terrible president. Hell, he was just a so so coach.

  36. clintonportisheadd says: Mar 20, 2012 11:00 AM

    The more I listen to Holmgren the more credit I give to Bob Wolf and Brett Favre for those Super Bowl appearances of the Packers.

    Its a well know fact that Holmgren has a street named for him in Green Bay. I have to wonder if Cleveland is about to do the same thing. The difference being that the street in Cleveland would be marked “One Way” and “No Exit” to commemorate his accomplishments with the Browns.

  37. hikohadon says: Mar 20, 2012 11:01 AM

    “Cool ! Then he will be fine with the Browns moving up to three to land Ryan Tannehill . My guess is Miami will get that pick & Cleveland will miss out again.”
    _____________________

    God, I hope so.

  38. sj39 says: Mar 20, 2012 11:13 AM

    He tried to low ball the Rams to move up to get Bradford. He tried to low ball the Rams to move up to get RGIII. At some point Mike, if you want to draft a francise QB you will have to pony up the picks or instruct your team to go 0-16.

  39. audient says: Mar 20, 2012 11:18 AM

    The Browns could have viewed RG3 as a special talent worth pursuing while still evaluating McCoy favorably otherwise.

    The fact that the Browns don’t seem to have pursued any of the free agent QBs seems to support that — it hasn’t exactly been “anybody but McCoy” out of the front office. Quite the opposite. We haven’t had a rotating door of free agent QBs in to visit. From what I can see, there haven’t been any to Berea. Not even anyone that might displace Seneca Wallace as a veteran backup, much less challenge Colt McCoy.

    We’ll see what happens in the draft, of course.

  40. kenny328usa says: Mar 20, 2012 11:24 AM

    Oh yeah I’m sure he has no problem with it at all mike. You went right in front of him and tried to get the hot chick to go to the prom with you. And when she shot you down you came back to him and said “I guess you’ll do since we have no other choice.”

  41. dirtybird28 says: Mar 20, 2012 11:27 AM

    Of McCoy had some receivers and healthy running backs I think they’d actually play a hell of a lot better. The poor guy has literally no help your on offense after all the rb’s went down and no WR’s as it was. Why don’t they focus on building an offense instead and not just a name?

  42. stunzeed5 says: Mar 20, 2012 11:46 AM

    Colt Brennan pioneered the “you’re going to fail miserably in the NFL” for all Colt’s destined to be QB’s. Sorry McCoy, it’s just nature. Colt Brennan is being fitted right now for lingerie as a backup in the Lingerie football league after he failed in the NFL and UFL.

  43. mgm36 says: Mar 20, 2012 11:51 AM

    if Holmgren believes McCoy is a good QB then Holmgren is a fool. McCoy is just not that good

  44. lbcoach34 says: Mar 20, 2012 11:57 AM

    I’ve moved on, and so should Colt – the rest of you do what you want.

    Get him some weapons/protection, and a solid running game.

    All that can be addressed in the 1st 3 picks

  45. jbvikes says: Mar 20, 2012 12:07 PM

    I like Colt too, but he could use some competition. I think they should get the next best QB in the draft by trading w/ the Vikes and giving up the second round pick. ‘Course I’m drinking the Purple Kool-Aid!

  46. christopher525 says: Mar 20, 2012 12:13 PM

    What happens when they pick Landry Jones next year?

  47. td40 says: Mar 20, 2012 12:19 PM

    coonsqualler says:
    Mar 20, 2012 9:56 AM

    Our team has improved in the 2 years, Let them finish already!!
    —————————————————

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the utter textbook definition of a “homer.”

    To think the Browns have improved over the last two years, you’d have to be blind, deaf, dumb, and…well… a total homer.

    How have they improved, coonsqualler? By going from 5-11 to 4-12? By being 30th in the league in scoring points? By being 28th in the league in rushing yards? By being 29th in the league in total yards per game?

    Oh, you must mean that “2nd ranked” pass defense. You do realize they got that ranking because teams don’t throw on them much because they’re able to just run on them all day. Don’t you find it odd that the Browns had the “#2″ pass defense in the league, and yet are 30th in the league in overall yards allowed per game? Oops.

    Coonsqualler, I suggest you get mad and stop seeing the world through brown colored glasses and get real. The more fans that voice their displeasure over this eternally dysfunctional, poorly run team, the sooner they might figure out how to right the ship.

    I mean seriously- they were a far better team under Mangini in 2010 than they’ve been under Holmgren’s hand-picked joke of a coach.

  48. bingocostello says: Mar 20, 2012 12:27 PM

    The manatee is also a bust!

  49. bigzant82 says: Mar 20, 2012 12:41 PM

    McCoy is weak armed bum cant throw a decent ball over 40-50 yards and is too short for the 1b position
    we need tall overall strong armed qb with better downfield vision to win in cleveland too be honest i miss derek anderson and mabe brady quinn
    shurmur sucks as coach and o-coordiantor

  50. captjackwagon says: Mar 20, 2012 1:06 PM

    It seems to me that Cleveland is the place where quarterbacks go to disappear into oblivion. You almost don’t want to be a high draft pick because you know there is a chance you will get swallowed up by the Browns and your career begins it’s downward spiral (Couch, Quinn, Frye, Anderson, Dilfer, McCown, Pederson, etc). RG3, you should be thanking the football gods. The only successful years the Browns had were 1996-98. Oh wait…

  51. bucfaninil says: Mar 20, 2012 1:12 PM

    The Browns improved???? where?

    Isn’t this like the 7th yer in a row they are in the Top 10 picking or something crazy like that???

    You let Hillis go and claim now you need weapons for McCoy but are more interested in TR than JB?

    *shakes his head…

  52. mrfrostyj says: Mar 20, 2012 1:31 PM

    Once again they use regular logic for an article on the Cleveland Browns.

    This is the same team who traded their entire 07 and 08 draft for Brady Quinn, then named Charlie Frye the starter anyway (aka guy Quinn was supposed to replace), traded Frye after the first game just to put in third stringer Derek Anderson and watch him lead the team to 10 wins, then paid Derek Anderson a starters salary when he could have been a free agent just to throw in Quinn once every two games.

    Giving up two years of drafts for a guy does NOT mean RGIII would be Clevelands starter. Logically it should but it didn’t.

  53. mrfrostyj says: Mar 20, 2012 1:40 PM

    @ captjackwagon

    Last I checked the Browns have only drafted 2 QB’s in the first round going back quite a while (Couch & Quinn)

    Also in that list you have there are two glaring errors

    The Baltimore Ravens drafted Derek Anderson…not Cleveland, Cleveland got him off waivers

    The Tampa Bay Bucanneers drafted Trent Dilfer….Browns got him in a trade with Seattle.

    If Browns history shows anything its that if you are a veteran QB trying to restart your career or a 3rd round draft pick. You will start for them eventually.

  54. rg3isthekidinthegoodburgermovie says: Mar 20, 2012 6:22 PM

    Holmgren is too scared to do Cleveland radio. What a joke. He’s clearly just taking the money and blowing smoke up the behind of our owner. Anyone with a brain trying to win wouldn’t of signed Delhomme and hired Shurmer.

  55. dawglbfan says: Mar 20, 2012 7:17 PM

    Colt will be fine…he had a swinging door at RT with an injured Pashos, tons of dropped balls and no threat of a running game.

    Until we properly fix those problems nobody will be successful. We better have something up or sleeve for the draft.

  56. captjackwagon says: Mar 20, 2012 8:44 PM

    MrForstyJ,
    One more tidbit since you want me to be very precise with my facts:
    Since 1990, The Browns record has been:
    1990- 3-13
    1991 6-10
    1992 7-9
    1993- 7-9
    1994- 11-5
    1995 5-11
    1996-98 No Franchise
    1999 2-14
    2000 3-13
    2001 7-9
    2002 9-7
    2003 5-11
    2004 4-12
    2005 6-10
    2006 4-12
    2007 10-6
    2008 4-12
    2009 5-11
    2010 5-11
    2011 4-12

    Three winning seasons out of 21. Enough said.

  57. captjackwagon says: Mar 20, 2012 8:50 PM

    MrFrostyJ,
    It wasn’t my intent to say that all of the quarterbacks I mentioned were drafted in the first round by the Browns. I was trying to show that the quarterbacks in Cleveland, surrounded with mediocre talent, do not light up the highlight reels. Who knows if any of the recent quarterbacks (McCoy, Quinn, Couch, etc) would have been any good if they would have went to a better team and been developed properly and not thrown to the wolves.

  58. mrfrostyj says: Mar 20, 2012 11:01 PM

    @captjackwagon

    Literally the only statement I disagreed with from you is when you stated. “You almost don’t want to be a high draft pick because you know there is a chance you will get swallowed up by the Browns and your career begins it’s downward spiral”.

    I never disagreed that the team has had a shoddy record (any team that changes coaches, and front office personnel as much as Cleveland would). But if I’m a college QB expecting to go in the 1st round, I’m not worried about Cleveland picking me at all because they rarely ever draft a QB high.

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