NEW YORK – The Cleveland Browns didn't just get the running back they wanted in Trent Richardson and a quarterback they desperately needed in Brandon Weeden in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday, they took the pressure off the man in charge.
Coming into the draft, the natives in Cleveland were growing restless with Browns president and resident football guru Mike Holmgren. As rumors swirled that the Browns might get jumped by Tampa Bay for the right to draft Richardson, the grousing was starting to percolate in the team's front office.
It's not so much that the Browns have gone backward in two years under Holmgren (a minor decline from five wins in 2010 to four in 2011). It's that they've had little hope of growth, particularly on offense.
It's one thing to lose. But when a team loses and doesn't score, it's crushing. Colt McCoy hasn't been much of a find at quarterback, which is why he's about to face a challenge from Weeden, a rookie three years older than him.Read More »from Picking Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden may quiet critics of Browns guru Mike Holmgren