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Holmgren on Browns’ offer to Rams: “I’m not sure any offer was going to be good enough”

Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert spoke with season ticket holders earlier today on a conference call (which is now available to listen to on the team’s website) about free agency and the upcoming draft. In that call, Holmgren addressed the Rams trade with Washington and why the Browns didn’t make the move.

“What we offered for the pick was every bit the offer that was chosen.

“There are reasons… …why it didn’t happen. There’s a very close relationship between the people that were involved with getting the deal done and the people who eventually got it done.”

“I’m not sure if any offer that we made at the end of the day was going to be quite good enough.”

“We were very aggressive and it didn’t work.”

Holmgren would not go into specifics about what the Browns offered. He did say that no statement or report he has seen yet has been accurate.

  • mgbode

    transcripted that portion:

    Question: Going from 4-12 to 6-10 isn’t progress. Why should I get season tickets?
    Holmgren: I agree. 4-12 to 6-10 isn’t good enough

  • How about “If my coach can’t get it done after two years, then we will look at that situation, too.  I want to win; I hate 4-12 seasons.  6-10 isn’t even good enough. 

    Maybe I made a mistake with him, and for that, I apologize to the fans who have invested in this team and, thus far, have received little out of it.

    I will work very hard with Pat to try and instill a sense of leadership in him.  If I don’t think he can handle the job after this season, I will admit my mistake and work to fix it.  I won’t hold some imaginary line in the sand with this team; I am not this team.  The players are the team, the coaches are the team and most important, the PAYING fans are the team, and without their satisfaction we have no team.  I am everyone’s boss here.  But, the fans are my boss.  And, I will make this right.”

    SOMETHING INSPIRING, mgbode.  Not some drivel.

  • mgbode

    so he should throw his HC under the bus because you don’t like him. got it.

  • BrownsFanSF

    Say what you will about Colt’s physical tools, but I think he’s shown he’s a tough minded kid who believes in himself.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just trade for Jay Cutler’s arm and graft it onto his body…

  • BrownsFanSF

    Colt is a professional QB (and seems to have the mentality for it), he knows protecting his feelings isn’t the front offices job.  In a world where Payton Manning get’s cut, I’m assuming if the kid has any fire he is in his gym right now working on getting more zip on those out passes.

  • BrownsFanSF

    If he’s not (and even probably if he is), he doesn’t have what it takes

  • mgbode

    shhhh, you are making too much sense.  expect a kool-aid man reference soon 🙂

  • Garry_Owen

    There is no way Holmgren could have possibly won in this situation.  None.  He was caught between a rock, a Catch 22, a hard place, and a Hobson’s Choice. 

  • Scooter

    “Maybe I made a mistake with him, and for that, I apologize to the fans who have invested in this team and, thus far, have received little out of it.”

    This is a ridiculous statement.  Do you really think the president of our organization should publicly say the coach he hand picked and is STILL EMPLOYING has one year or he’s out?  That doesn’t exactly make Mr. Holmgren look very smart about footbal, or anything for that matter.  Name one other owner or president who has made a similar statement?

  • mgbode

    Dolphins by interviewing Harbaugh while still employing Sparano?  that worked out so well for them 🙂

  • gordonhessb

    I agree with everything said, until you mentioned Flynn. Not pursuing him immediately told me they didn’t see him as a valuable enough upgrade over McCoy. I’m very happy they aren’t investing in 1st and 2nd tier FA’s. You don’t put Garcon / Mario contracts on the same roster as Sheldon / Fuijta. Let the guys in their 2nd 3rd years become leaders. Continue adding young talent through the draft and sign the missing pieces in FA once the core has been built / leadership established. 

    Need to match scheme and to a certain extent personalities when you’re building something. Watching interviews of Frostee Rucker, he seems to have a similar demeanor to Rubin/Taylor. Strait forward, humble, determined but laid back. People excel more often when they like the people they’re work with. Much the same can be said about Football. Joe Thomas sound like he fits that description?

    To this point a couple players I got the same impression from when watching combine interviews were Kelechi Osemele and Trent Richardson.