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Holmgren didn’t quit after Favre trade

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Former Packers coach, Seahawks coach/G.M., Seahawks coach/non-G.M., and Browns CEO Mike Holmgren recently provided a harsh critique of the trade that sent Browns running back Trent Richardson to the Colts.

Holmgren didn’t like it.  In fact, Holmgren’s regard for the trade was so low that he said he would have quit if he had been the Cleveland head coach.

That position from Holmgren conjured memories of another trade that happened not long after Holmgren became a head coach for the first time, way back in 1992.  Per a league source, Holmgren was strongly opposed to the trade that brought Brett Favre from the Falcons to the Packers.

But it happened over his objection.  And Holmgren didn’t quit.

So maybe the message to a coach who initially doesn’t like a trade would be to give it a chance.  After all, Holmgren ultimately earned millions (and a Super Bowl ring) thanks in large part to a trade that happened against his wishes.

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14 Responses to “Holmgren didn’t quit after Favre trade”
  1. delmonte55 says: Sep 22, 2013 11:41 AM

    He was getting Favre…..not trading away the best player on the team.

  2. dd393 says: Sep 22, 2013 11:47 AM

    Mike Holmgren was a pretty good head coach. And now, he’s proving once again that he was not a real good personnel evaluator.

  3. zackd2 says: Sep 22, 2013 11:47 AM

    Former player/coach/GM makes bold claim, history shows it’s probably BS. Not shocking.

  4. jakec4 says: Sep 22, 2013 12:02 PM

    I almost forgot how ugly that early 90′s NFL sideline gear was.

  5. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 22, 2013 12:10 PM

    Great coach.

    Terrible talent evaluator.

  6. nolaisadump says: Sep 22, 2013 12:15 PM

    If not for farve, holmgren would not have anything. You see how much success he’s had without him

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 22, 2013 12:24 PM

    Well not only did I not agree with Holmgren, but I also don’t respect his position or his teammate skills, but beyond that I don’t even take him seriously and believe that he actually would have quit. So that’s the worst part about this is I doubt he’s even being honest about his ridiculous and unprofessional viewpoint. This guy was a loser as a GM, and his GM-related opinions aren’t worth jack squat.

    CLE would be the front-runner for the Super Bowl THIS year, IF Holmgren would have done a good job while he was here. He failed miserably.

  8. nice2meetumarco says: Sep 22, 2013 12:29 PM

    Completely different. Holmgren wasn’t suggesting he’d quit because he disliked the trade per se, but rather because the trade signified that the browns had given up on the season. Not the case in gb, in fact the opposite.

  9. drewsylvania says: Sep 22, 2013 12:31 PM

    As far as this season goes, there is nothing to “give a chance” to. Holmgren got Favre. The Browns get nothing (this season).

  10. idpfantasyfootball says: Sep 22, 2013 12:32 PM

    not a fair comparison… Favre was an unknown quantity at the time.

  11. metalhead65 says: Sep 22, 2013 12:59 PM

    I would say the difference then was Favre was not the number 3 pick in the draft and gotten rid of a year later so the falcons could tak the season and get a qb. nobody knew who favre was when he went to green bay.

  12. chawk12thman says: Sep 22, 2013 7:21 PM

    apples to oranges. Not really comparable. His position is valid.

  13. Wisconsin77 says: Sep 23, 2013 11:33 AM

    Just to add on to the other completely valid points already listed here on why your attempt to paint Holmgren as a hypocrite is wrong, let’s remember that the trade for Favre happened before Holmgren coached his first game with the Packers. It was the first season with the Pack for both of them, so there was really nothing for Holmgren to make a stand on.

    Now, if he was there a season earlier he could have took a stand over the Packers drafting Tony Maderich over Barry Sanders, Dion Sanders, and Derrick Thomas.

  14. fjd10 says: Sep 24, 2013 4:09 AM

    I don’t know if I buy this story. I knew Don Majkowski during those days and I can tell you he was furious because the new coach (Holmgren) was coming in and had told him that they were going to bring in this new qb and that he was eventually going to be their starter. Don took it as a matter of fact and not a competition. I don’t think Holmgren would have presented it to him this way if he was not somewhat on board with the idea.

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