The Cleveland Browns do not have a great history when it comes to great quarterbacks. Since the Browns were born in 1946 they have had only three. Otto Graham was truly a great one. Brian Sipe was the leader of the Kardiac Kids and an NFL MVP. Bernie Kosar led the Browns to three AFC title games with his brains and unorthodox style. That's it.
Mike Holmgren has said the NFL is a passing league. You can't win a championship without a good quarterback. That's what he believes and he's the man calling the shots. So where will this QB come from? Here are some thoughts on how Holmgren may find his man.
Quinn, Anderson or Ratliff- Maybe after evaluating the current crop of Cleveland quarterbacks, Holmgren may see someone he likes. Quinn would have to be the front runner in this group. Being a former first round pick, even though he wasn't Holmgren's, he might get a closer look. Quinn could at least be given another year or two to develop if Holmgren thinks there is a chance he could be the answer, but a veteran QB would probably be brought in.
Anderson is probably on his way out. He is due a huge roster bonus this spring and has the largest salary of the three. While Ratliff hasn't show much at all. Mangini might not be able to save him.
Trade- With Tom Heckert's ties to the Philadelphia Eagles, he might want to trade for either Donovan McNabb or Kevin Kolb. McNabb would give Cleveland a huge upgrade at QB. In an offense with a strong running game, he would excel even more than with Philadelphia.
Kevin Kolb is young and has shown flashes of brilliance with a couple three hundred yard passing games this year. If he is brought in Quinn would probably be traded.
Draft- Taking a quarterback in the first round is always a risk. Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen and Tim Tebow are considered first round possibilities. Holgren has never selected a QB in the first round and he will have a lot of input with Heckert.
The next group of QBs in the draft include Colt McCoy, Tony Pike, Jim LeFevour and Tim Hiller. Cleveland could probably get any of these in the middle rounds if there is someone they like.
Free Agency- Not much to choose from. I doubt the Browns would go this route. David Carr and Jason Campbell are not the answer.
Whatever Cleveland's decides to do regarding their quarterback situation, you can bet it will be well thought out.