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Highlights from press conference with Browns President Mike Holmgren

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 2, 2010

Browns President Mike Holmgren met with reporters Tuesday afternoon. Here are some of the highlights from the press conference:

  • Holmgren gave his thoughts about how the season has unfolded so far: "I think there are some really good things happening. ... I think we're improved over last year."

  • Holmgren said he told rookie quarterback Colt McCoy that he is very proud of the way he handled himself in his first two games.

  • When asked if McCoy should start for the rest of the season, Holmgren said, "That's a question that I'm not gonna answer. That's a coaching decision, and Eric (Mangini) and his staff will make that decision."

  • Holmgren said wins and losses aren't the only criteria for judging Mangini, but in the NFL, they're usually the main factors. After the season, Holmgren plans to catch a breath, let his emotions subside and make an intelligent decision about Mangini's future with the team.

  • Holmgren lamented the team's close losses. "I like how we're competing," he said. ... "But it hurts like crazy to lose a football game."

  • Holmgren addressed the concept that a player should not lose his starting job because of an injury: "I never had that rule. I know some teams do."

  • Holmgren said the team traded running back Jerome Harrison in part because "he was unhappy." Holmgren added Harrison was affected by acquisitions of Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty.

  • When asked about wide receiver Randy Moss, who is on the verge of officially being waived by the Minnesota Vikings, Holmgren said the team's focus is on developing its young wide receivers.

  • Holmgren said the most important decision he makes in Cleveland could revolve around the future of the team's quarterback situation.

  • Holmgren revealed his thoughts about defensive lineman Shaun Rogers' future with the team: "It's going to be Shaun's call. ... He'll let me know by how he plays."

  • Holmgren said he's committed to his current role as the team's president, but his itch to coach is still there. He said he gets fired up during games.

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