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.

14 responses to “Holmgren didn’t quit after Favre trade

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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