Mike Holmgren Talks About Leaving the Cleveland Browns

Former Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren essentially gave his farewell address on Tuesday, meeting with the Cleveland media to discuss his three years with the organization.

Naturally, there was some regret to be had.

“I think we did a lot of great things here,” said Holmgren. “The tough part that I will feel bad about is that I wasn’t able to help enough to put a winning product on the field yet. [Randy Lerner] certainly deserved that.” (Source: Cleveland.com)

Holmgren isn’t sure if he’ll stay with the team until the end of the season, but he does believe the Browns found their quarterback in Brandon Weeden. With a player like Weeden at the helm and Tom Heckert guiding the team as the general manager (for now), Holmgren believes the team is truly heading in the right direction. Despite the Browns’ 1-6 record in 2012 (and a 10-29 record under Holmgren), he appears to be right about that.

Interestingly enough, Holmgren didn’t necessarily rule out a return to coaching and even considered coaching the team after Eric Mangini was fired in 2010.

“I thought a lot about it, what I was willing to do, what I wasn’t willing to do,” he said. “At that time I wasn’t ready for it. I thought I’d be shortchanging the organization.” (Source: Cleveland.com)

It’s always disappointing to see someone not make it to the end of a contract, but that’s life in the NFL. Coaches and front office personnel often face tenures as short as the careers of the players on the field. Nevertheless, Holmgren has helped steer this team into a better, more optimistic direction. While that hasn’t equated to wins just yet, it is certainly a major accomplishment.

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  • Holly Wellman

    success is not the glory or the fame. success is trying and never giving up. we as a team from our expansion ara have been giving up,starting over,cutting firing ,and trading everyone every couple years or less. we where a mess. now mike and kathy didn’t have to come to cleveland. they had plenty of money and each other. mike holmgren turned around a packers team that had been a mess for decades and brought them to success and won a super bowl and almost two super bowls. then went to a seatle team that was a mess for decades and not only tuned them around to a success but took them to a super bowl and made them resectable. he came to cleveland and we where a mess. now he only had three years of building through the draft with only thomas,mack,cribbs,dawson,jackson,rubin,and massaquio worth keeping in many many years drafting before he got here from 1999 until 2010. we where one of the oldest teams with not alot of cap space. now we have haden,ward,mccoy,little,goordon,benjirman,richardson,weeden, shwartz,cooper,taylor,sheard,winn,huges,robertson,fort,among other young players that can develope. 2013 we have over 40 million dollars in cap space and 2014 over 80 million dollars in cap space. you build through the draft. it takes time to turn a roster over and get your players you want and need. you save your money for your own players so you can keep them and have plenty of money so your not forced to let great players go. when your finnally built strong,tough,and deep through your 53 man roster then you add a player such as a reggie white like the world champion packers did and get an andre rison or a player here or there with plenty of money for your own players to spair. it takes a strong,tough,winner and champion to take challenges and tough challenges and to be a success. we have alot more talent then we ever had scince our return in 1999.young teams have learning curves and growing pains and tough times and losses before those and they turn into a success. are future is bright and the brightest it’s been in a while thanks to mike and kathy holmgren,tom heckert, now joe baner and jimmy haslam and our dawgs are in good hands and have that postive and success mind frame and we will be on top again. keep positive,faith and heads up browns nation. go browns and thank you mike and kathy holmgren and good luck in what ever or where ever you are! your always welcome here and welcome to coach our dawgs up if you want!