Former Browns CEO Mike Holmgren, who was (and possibly still is) being paid millions by the organization, doesn’t think much of the decision to trade the first pick from Holmgren’s last draft on the job.
Specifically, Holmgren said he’d quit if he were the coach.
“Philosophically, if I am the coach and someone came in anywhere and did that, I’d say ‘OK, fire me, or I’m going to quit. Or we’re going to both go into the owner and talk about this and the we’ll see who’s still standing,'” Holmgren told Dave “Softy” Mahler of KJR radio, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
“How do you make your team better by trading your best player?” Holmgren said. “He’s the best offensive player. He’s a valuable, valuable guy.”
(The entirety of Holmgren’s comments are available here.)
In today’s NFL, a franchise quarterback is much more valuable. That’s what the Browns need — and it’s what they haven’t been able to find since rejoining the league in 1999.
It’s not that hard to see the Browns’ strategy. It’s also not that hard to see lurking just below the surface Holmgren’s legendary temper, which surely flashed in response the latest indictment by new management of the job he did while running the show.