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Holmgren To Cleveland: We’re Brown With Envy

Don't expect this in Cleveland.

I wanted to make an analogy to crap, because that’s what the Cleveland Browns play like, but maybe not for that much longer. After beating the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, the Browns pulled out a win for the second day in a row.

Former Green Bay Packers’ and Seattle Seahawks’ coach Mike Holmgren has officially joined the Cleveland Browns as team president.

Not much has been said, but here’s the statement from Cleveland.

“We are pleased to announce that Mike Holmgren has agreed to join the Cleveland Browns,” team owner Randy Lerner said in a statement. “We will spend the rest of the week finalizing the details of the agreement and will make a formal announcement next week, at which time we will make him available to the media.”

And here’s my statement.

Worst. Football. Organization. Ever.

That’s right. Even worse than the Minnesota Vikings. Why?

Since returning to the league in 1999, the Browns have had two winning seasons (9-7 in 2002 and 10-6 in 2007). Other than those two blips on the radar, the Browns have been consistently terrible.

For the Browns, the move is curious because of Holmgren’s track record as a personnel man. He was canned as Seattle’s GM in 2002. However, The Walrus does add some credibility to what has become the Siberia of the NFL.

The role is much the same as the one Bill Parcels has with the Miami Dolphins and if Holmgren is able to oversee a transition in Cleveland, he will cement his legacy as one the greatest football men of all time.

If the Browns drag Holmgren’s reputation down the drain with them then he’ll just be remembered as a great coach who couldn’t do much else.

The one certainty is Holmgren has his work cut out for him.


Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.