Cleveland Browns Offseason: How To Blow Up a Mess Holmgren Style
If there is one thing Mike Holmgren knows it is how to turn around a franchise heading in the wrong direction. The Big Show has coached the Packers out of mediocrity and turned the ship around in Seattle despite being stripped of his General Manager duties in the process. While he isn't coaching the Browns(yet) he is buying the groceries so to speak and has been on a bit of a spree the past couple of weeks.
Priority one for Holmgren upon coming to Cleveland was to figure out the Browns mess at the QB position. The general consensus was that Holmgren would choose between former Pro Bowler Derek Anderson and former first round pick Brady Quinn. Holmgren chose neither.
First Holmgren acquired his former back up in Seattle Seneca Wallace to be the number two QB in Cleveland. Wallace can help serve as a defacto coach having played his entire pro career in the offence Holmgren and Gus Bradley will install in Cleveland.
Next he simply released former starter Derek Anderson. Apparently the Big Show had no love for Big Foot. The 6' 6'' gunslinging Anderson wasn't a great fit in Holmgen's version of the west coast offense.
The next move came as a surprise to some as Cleveland sent Brady Quinn to the Denver Broncos for full back Peyton Hillis and picks. Almost simultaneously they brought in veteran Jake Delhomme to fill the void.
Some teams would have tried to make one of their existing quarter backs work in a similar situation. By getting rid of both Holmgren and the Browns will get rid of the old baggage and start fresh. Often a first round pick gets more chances then they should because of the investment made in them.
Of course either QB could end being successful for new teams. A QB is only as good as the team around them and at a certain point both team and player need to move on. Bad teams destroy young signal callers all the time and often times the QB is the final piece in a successful offense(SEE: ATL, BAL, NYJ).
It appears that the Browns plans for next season are to start Jake Delhomme with Seneca Wallace as the back up and draft a young QB to groom for the starting role.
The Browns have stockpiled twelve picks in this draft(ten in the first five rounds) and should be able to maneuvre to get just about any QB Holmgren deems worthy. While Holmgren may look at the top rated QBs in the draft(Bradford and Clausen) it doesn't seem to be his style.
Holmgren acquired both Brett Farve and Matt Hasselbeck(neither first round picks) and coached them to success. I believe Holmgren may target players like Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour, Texas's Colt McCoy and Ole Miss's Jevan Snead in the middle rounds.
To help out the offense Holmgren also has brought in tight end Ben Watson. Along with Hillis, Watson will brings another weapon to an offense that was stagnent at best last year. The Browns will also be helped by the emergence of running back Jerome Harrison and wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi giving them some building blocks for the future.
It may only be a small glimmer of light at the bottom of a dark cavern but it is light.
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