I transcribed Mike Holmgren’s interview with Seattle radio yesterday and was pretty encouraged by the things that Mike Holmgren said about the team. He admitted that the offense was young, inconsistent and developing. He said he thought the team played pretty good defense.
I titled the post “Holmgren Speaks… to Seattle Radio Station” because I thought it was funny to make a little dig at WFNYTD who wondered aloud on Monday “Mike Holmgren, Where Are You????” I even used the same picture. I guess I should have seen the explosion coming.
Little did I know that Cleveland Browns fans would become like kvetching housewives discussing their fake counterparts in New York, New Jersey or Beverly Hills. **
“Did you hear what he said? He said ‘they’ when he should have said “we!”
“I know! And why was he talking to them instead of us!”
You might as well be talking about which “diva” snubbed who at the ice cream social on Sunday.
Stop it. Mike Holmgren is a Seattle resident, pretty much. He still has his house there. His kids and grandkids are all there. He said in the interview he wants to end up back there. So yeah. When he is talking to a Seattle radio host and a Seattle audience referring to Cleveland Browns fans and how he wants to create something WE CAN BE PROUD OF, is it really so crazy that he would use the word “they?”
Mike Holmgren is doing a job for a group of stakeholders. He could have said he was trying to create a team that the Lerner family can be proud of, right? Randy is the one who signs the checks (probably.) That could easily make him the #1 stakeholder for Mike Holmgren in his role as President of the Cleveland Browns, but apparently it doesn’t. To me, it sounded 100% like he was referring to the Browns fans (from a Seattle radio audience perspective “they”) when he said he was trying to create a team that we can be proud of.
A team that we can be proud of. That’s what Mike Holmgren’s stated goal is according to his chat with the Seattle radio station. Regardless of what pronoun he uses, it sure seems like he understands what his goals are. Yet some are now accusing him of “stealing” a paycheck whatever that means.
Not to mention the fact that after describing the stakeholders as “they” he immediately described the young Cleveland Browns as “us” and “we” throughout the rest of the interview.
But let’s stop and harp on that first pronoun because it is just too important to make sure that everyone says everything 100% exactly as we want them to say it, right? Wrong. This isn’t a “reality” show. There is no extra ratings bump for creating extra “drama***.”
So please stop with the forensic analysis of every word the man used in a radio interview. You’re not helping yourself or your favorite team in the slightest. You aren’t catching a guy in some kind of lie. You’re turning on a guy who is trying to get to the same end goal that you are. He might not ever get there, and he may make some mistakes along the way, but referring to Browns fans as “they” when talking to a fellow member of the Seattle community isn’t it.
So why was Mike Holmgren talking to a Seattle radio station? Why is he talking to them instead of us? Admittedly, maybe Holmgren shouldn’t have been talking about the Browns to his buddies in Seattle before talking about them here. At the same time, when he talks to the Seattle station about the team it will be in generalities. From that perspective he might have thought that it wouldn’t seem like he was undermining his head coach. If he had called up Baskin and Phelps, The Bull and the Fox, or Rizzo this week it would have been a much more intense and specific line of questioning that could have really undermined Pat Shurmur. As we know from Mike Holmgren’s short tenure here, he does everything he can to not undermine his head coach in public.
Maybe he shouldn’t have talked to the media at all this week. But don’t let the radio guys tell you he was absolutely wrong for doing it because they are mostly just jealous and offended that Holmgren talked to someone out of market instead of them. It was a bit inconsiderate of Mike Holmgren to the hometown media. Still, in the scheme of things, considering his role of fixing your Cleveland Browns, why are you so concerned about Holmgren offending local media?
These are the same media that helped propagate the Peyton Hillis story over the bye week and almost systematically made it impossible for anyone to like Eric Mangini.****
In the end, I can’t tell you how to think, but I can tell you how I think. I don’t go through my life looking for things to get offended about to create extra “drama.” I heard on the radio this morning some people were wondering whether this was irreparable damage by Mike Holmgren. Really? Irreparable?
Don’t play into that please.
It’s taking your eye off the ball. Pat Shurmur and the Cleveland Browns need to get better by the end of the year. If they don’t it will be time to hold Mike Holmgren accountable for something real. You know, the football being played on the field on Sundays?
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** I have told my wife on numerous occasions that the Housewives shows are the absolute lowest form of culture and they do irreparable harm to the landscape for real art and artists.
*** I DESPISE the overuse of the word drama in reality TV because it is all synthetic and leaves a film on your eyes.
**** Eric Mangini didn’t help his own cause a lot, but it is hard to argue that the media gave him anything resembling a fair chance.