Gee, had the Cleveland Browns known that’s all they had to do to get rid of Mike Holmgren…
I kid, I kid.
The former Browns president was absolutely miffed about the trade that sent running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts earlier this week, suggesting he was perplexed as to why anybody would ‘trade your best player’. Of course, Richardson was one of the few holdovers from the Holmgren era, so there’s obviously a soft spot there, which Holmgren spoke about during an interview on 950 KJR where he said he would have quit his job over the trade:
“How do you make your team better by trading your best player?” Holmgren told Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle, according to The Plain Dealer of Cleveland. “He’s the best offensive player. He’s a valuable, valuable guy.”
“I struggled with it,” Holmgren told the radio station. “Philosophically, if I am the coach and someone came in anywhere and did that, I’d say, ‘OK, fire me, or I’m going to quit. Or we’re going to both go into the owner and talk about this and then we’ll see who’s still standing.’”
And if a general manager told him he was making the trade?
“I’d shake hands and walk. I would,” Holmgren said. “Because if I disagreed with it vehemently, and I couldn’t buy in, I mean, I’m not saying I’m right, I’m saying that’s what I would do, because you have to be true to yourself in this business.”