Browns President Mike Holmgren met with reporters this afternoon at the team’s headquarters in Berea, reiterating his commitment to the organization and vowing to be more available to fans and media than he has been since he joined the franchise more than two years ago. Holmgren, who is in the third year of his five-year contract with the Browns, disputed the idea he’s not fully invested in his job.
“When I heard that, I was sensitive to that and it bothered me because if anything I think I care probably too much,” Holmgren said. “I’m committed. I made promises to our owner [Randy Lerner], and he’s kept his promises to me. Everyone is well aware of my contract situation and all that, and there was that [rumor] -- in fact a couple of you asked me at one point if I was going to CBS -- and for the life of me I don’t know where that came from. So, no, I’m committed here. [My wife], Kathy, and I, we love the community. The people here have been great to us. We like it here.
“Now the other reality is that, again my birthday is tomorrow, I’ll be 64 by the way, so I have some kicking to do still. But this is my last -- I’ve said -- great adventure. This is my last job, and it’s my hope and what I really want to do is make sure that this thing is turned around and going in the right direction, so I can come in here and we can talk about those things before I ever think about retiring. I am sorry that that came up. Maybe a little bit of what I’m gonna try and do [in terms of being more public] is a reaction to that ‘cause I felt about that. People that know me and people in the building, I think they know how much I care and how much I’m trying to get this thing to go in the right direction.”
Holmgren also addressed several other topics, including the team’s quarterback situation. Here are some more highlights from the news conference: