Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Mike Holmgren on QBs, Randy Moss, more
By James Walker
BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren met with the media Tuesday to discuss the state of the team.
With a quarterback controversy, questions at head coach and the team at 2-5, there were plenty of topics to address. Here were some highlights:
- Let's start with the question on everyone's mind: Who will Cleveland start at quarterback between Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme? Holmgren rarely dodges questions. But he avoided this one Tuesday, deferring to Browns coach Eric Mangini.
"That's a question I'm not going to answer," Holmgren said. "That's a coaching decision."
- Unsurprisingly, embattled receiver Randy Moss is not on Cleveland's radar. Holmgren admits he would like more production from his receivers, but it's more important for the Browns to develop players they have on their roster.
- In terms of the future of Mangini, Holmgren strongly hinted that he likely won't make a decision until the season is over. Cleveland is 2-5, but the team is playing hard for Mangini, who is 7-16 since joining the Browns.
"The important point there is I think any coach, any staff, will be judged at the end of season," Holmgren said. "It will take thoughtful thinking ... I think it's important that you take some of the emotion out of it if you can. At the end of the year, everyone catches their breath a little bit, think about it and hopefully make a thoughtful decision."
- Holmgren said former starting running back Jerome Harrison was increasingly unhappy with his role in Cleveland, and that led to his trade to the Philadelphia Eagles. Holmgren said Harrison is a good person and there are no hard feelings, but it was best for Harrison to get a fresh start.
- In terms of possibly coaching again, Holmgren said he's happy with his role as president but it's tough sitting still on Sundays.
"Does it sound like I want to coach?" Holmgren said, prompting laughter. "I'm doing OK. The challenge of this is really something. I'm enjoying the challenge. But I'd be less than honest if I didn't say I get fired up watching the games. I did that for too long. But I also recognize what I was hired to do."