I would think, for the most part, that people have a generally positive view of Mike Holmgren’s work on the Browns so far. The team has acquired talent without having to give up some of its more coveted draft picks and Holmgren’s presence alone probably makes Cleveland a more enticing option for free agents.
That being said, there is some criticism out there for Holmgren, aimed mainly at his impulsiveness in the way he has handled the quarterback situation. There is the belief that he essentially “gave away” Brady Quinn to the Broncos but, more importantly, some feel Holmgren lost out on Donovan McNabb by not waiting for the asking price to come down. Sure, Holmgren disintegrated the quarterback position pretty quick, but what’s the problem with that? So the team got rid of Quinn and Anderson and replaced them with Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme. In the end, it’s still an upgrade.
Trading for McNabb was never really the main goal of the organization. Holmgren really just wants a few veterans to fill in until the team can find its quarterback of the future and he has that in Delhomme and Wallace. Holmgren has a plan, but it has nothing to do with being impulsive. If he was impulsive, Holmgren would have traded for McNabb when the Eagles wanted something absurd in return.