Happy to not be Cleveland-bound
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, along with his front office, has made the trip down to Waco, Texas, for Baylor’s pro day to watch their presumed new franchise quarterback, Robert Griffin III.
Snyder, Mike Shanahan and Redskins general manager Bruce Allen apparently hit up the local nightlife last night—or, at least the local Hooters. Plenty of pictures here of a smiling Snyder and Shanahan, but there’s one nugget relayed by a fan who spoke to Allen last night that I’m most interested in. Allen apparently “talked about how excited they are about RG3 and how Griffin is glad it wasn’t Cleveland that moved up to No. 2.”
There’s been a lot of attention paid lately to the Miami Dolphins and the reticence on both coaches' and players' parts to head to South Beach, and for good reason. However, the Browns seem to be in a similar situation. One agent told our own Matt Miller during the combine that “no one” wants to go to Cleveland because the perception is that the Browns aren’t “building to win.”
I have a tough time reconciling that statement with the fact that Mike Holmgren is now in charge in Cleveland. Holmgren is one of the fiercest competitors I’ve ever met, and the idea that he “doesn't want to win” seems far-fetched at best and downright absurd at worst. However, then you look at moves like the hiring of Brad Childress as offensive coordinator, and you start to wonder. (Childress is represented by Bob LaMonte, Holmgren’s agent.)
Pat Shurmur was hired for his offensive acumen and for the good work he did with a rookie Sam Bradford. Now, Holmgren brings Childress on board, a guy whose offensive system has been dubbed “Day One Install” around the league due to its simplicity? What the team should be doing is finding some offensive talent to help Colt McCoy succeed, not bringing in washed-up coaches as a favor to LaMonte.
Griffin may not be walking into the greatest situation in Washington, but looking at the state of things in Cleveland, it’s not hard to see why he wanted nothing to do with the Browns.