Cleveland Browns: Mike Holmgren Needs to Stop Talking

Aaron NaglerNFL National Lead WriterMay 9, 2012

Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren at a press conference at the Super Bowl XL Media Center at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan on February 3, 2006.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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There he goes again.

Appearing on ESPN's Mike and Mike this morning, Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren essentially admitted that he and his club panicked when they missed out on their chance to draft Kendall Wright with the 22nd selection in the NFL draft. 

The Browns traded up to No. 3 to grab Trent Richardson but didn't make a move for Wright, who ended up going to Tennessee two spots before the Browns were on the clock. Instead, they selected 28-year-old quarterback Brandon Weeden. 

During a Tuesday radio appearance with 92.3 The Fan, Holmgren was asked if the team had targeted Wright late in the first round. 

"That's kind of how it came down," he said to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot. "We will never know for sure, but between the time we picked and the time we got to 22 there was a lot of discussion, as you might imagine, in our room and as players were coming off of the board.

"We liked Kendall Wright a lot. And we knew wide receiver was an area that we were going to try, and hit in the draft one way or the other, but then we also like the quarterback a lot. The decision in essence was made for us. Kendall was taken before us and so it became pretty easy to take the quarterback." 

Holmgren reiterated these words on ESPN radio today, ensuring this story a) sees a second day and b) sees a national audience. 

Seriously, Mike; do yourself and your team a favor and just shut the hell up.

Holmgren was one of the best head coaches and play-callers the league has ever seen. As a front office man and franchise figurehead, he is nothing short of a PR disaster, if not an outright detriment to the Cleveland Browns

Holmgren is no doubt influenced from his time with Ron Wolf, his general manager during his time coaching the Green Bay Packers. Wolf rarely held back on his opinions when dealing with the press. But that was a very different age and an extremely different media landscape. There's a reason Wolf stepped aside when he did.

It's not like this is the first time Holmgren has aired the team's laundry in public either, having spent way too much time earlier this offseason talking about their failed attempt to trade into the No. 2 spot in the draft in an attempt to select quarterback Robert Griffin III. 

The best thing Holmgren can do for Browns general manager Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur is recede into the shadows and let them do their jobs. But knowing Holmgren, the pull of microphones and cameras will be too strong and we'll no doubt hear from him again before too long.