Mike Holmgren Doesn’t Believe in Quarterback Competitions


If you’ve ever wanted to tear your hair out and run screaming from your home into oncoming traffic when hearing the words “quarterback competition” associated with the Cleveland Browns, this will be wonderful news. In an interview earlier this week on the Dan Patrick show (also mentioned here), team president Mike Holmgren was asked if both Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson would be with the team next season.

Citing the fact that he isn’t a “big believer in that competition stuff,” he stressed that the team’s mind better be made up before camp in order to let camp run through one true starting quarterback, something so many Browns coaches, including Eric Mangini, have not handled well in the past.

Not only could this very easily signal the end of the quarterback competition in Cleveland, it could mean the end of one or both of these quarterbacks’ careers in Cleveland. Now, I would figure the obvious decision would be to cut ties with Anderson, but no one is exactly jumping for joy over Brady Quinn, either. Could it be possible that the quarterback position will look vastly different in 2010?

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  • gobucks1

    Common sense tells you that if either of these QB’s are back….it will be Quinn. DA will be gone for money issues(not to mention lack of ability)if nothing else. It is great news to hear though. Now we won’t have to sit around playing the guessing game about who it will be(the only down side is that it gives us a little less to talk about).

    I wouldn’t mind seeing us make a move to get a vet. if it is McNabb or somebody else that brings credit to the position. Then we could draft a rookie in the 2nd/3rd round range that could learn and grow under him. Somebody like Sean Canfield, out of Oregon State(Yes I know that is the same school that DA came from). I only seen him play 1 time this year, but he was pretty impressive, and has all the tools. He is accurate, big sized, big arm, and seemed to make good decisions. I think he would be a better pick than Tebow(who will likely fall to the 3rd round), Tony Pike, or Colt McCoy. He impressed Todd McShay(ESPN)enough to move him up his draft board.

    Side note: Peppers is rumored to be leaving the Carolina Panthers this offseason!?!?! What do you think about making a deal to get him? I’m sure we could ship Quinn down there as part of the deal(If we are going to unload both)…..just as long as we don’t end up with Jake Delhomme as our QB!!!!!! I guess if we do draft a QB, and decide that we were going to start him from day one, then he would be an o.k. backup.

  • http://www.clevelandbrownsweblog.com Clayton

    gobucks1 – you are going to make me cry.

    Would I want Peppers? HELL YA. At age 30, this guy has a lot left in the tank. His numbers in 2009 prove that without a doubt – 36 solo tackles, 10.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 1 block, 2 ITs and a TD! He wants to play in a 3-4 defense; he has said that many times. The Chiefs, Patriots and Jags are all very interested.

    He would provide the help on the outside that Rogers desperately needs up the middle.

    Julius will command top dollar. It would take a blockbuster move by Holmgren to get him, but you never know with the Walrus.

  • Dexter

    Ok….So if Holmgren keeps either Quinn OR DA, he is doing a mistake!!I dont even want either of them to be backups next year!!!