Cleveland Browns’ President Mike Holmgren very recently gave an insightful interview with Dan Patrick of Sports Illustrated.
There are several things that we can take away from that interview. First, there will be NO quarterback competition during 2010’s training camp in Berea. Holmgren was clear that he thinks that approach is a mistake. We fans will know the starter when training camp opens. Second, Holmgren makes no apologies for stealing talented managerial, front office and coaching personnel from other organizations. If it will help the Browns win football games, then nobody is off-limits. Third, Josh Cribbs will wear the orange and brown this season, no matter what. The Walrus has had to smooth over some lingering tension between the Team and Cribbs, but a new contract appears to be imminent.
Then there comes a strange exchange between Patrick and Holmgren. The subject matter was Brett Favre. Yes, Brett Favre. Now maybe Mike was asked to comment on Favre’s retirement plans simply because he used to coach the man, but there seemed to be something more to it. Holmgren explained that he would not demand any specific deadline from Favre in terms of his decision on whether to return to football in 2010. I just cannot help the feeling, however, that the subject was raised for reasons more than the prior relationship between Mike and Brett.
Perhaps I am influenced by my fervent belief that Holmgren is not satisfied with the prospect of starting the season with either Brady or Derek. He wants a proven quarterback. He made that point very clear when he said that the Seahawks, although having struggled this past season, at least have a proven QB (old, yes, but Matt has the experience).
This interview brought home to me two certainties about Holmgren. He will do anything to win – anything. And he wants to keep us on our toes. I don’t mind that one bit.