Q: With Mike Holmgren now in control of the Browns, do you see the organization finally committing to one quarterback and when will we know if Brady Quinn is going to finally get an opportunity?
LA: If there was a QB on the roster which displayed all the characteristics the head coach has been looking for, I do not believe we would have witnessed the QBs being pulled during the season.
Holmgren has a great history in working with and developing QB talent, as well as having strong offensive teams. Now, we do not know exactly how hands-on the former coach will be in the process of evaluating and developing talent at the position, but it is very safe to assume he is going to be involved.
That being said, I am of the impression Holmgren is far from impressed at this point with Quinn at this stage based on film study and discussion. Thus, I believe Holmgren when noting he needs to talk with the QB only provides the insight and fairness he values for the game.
Q: As the whole concept of the Browns is undergoing a major change in structure and approach, do the moves made by Eric Mangini prior to the movement only enhance the organization going forward? Also, do you believe if Holmgren was here, the Browns would have traded Kellen Winslow Jr. and Braylon Edwards?
LA: While I do not agree with all the moves made by the organization, some directly at Mangini and others within the entire organizational scope, I do believe everything Mangini has done is within the vision he has. The revolving door of workouts were conducted for the immediate value to the team, as well as a solid scouting report if they need to fill a roster spot at a later date.
One thing that all must remember is that Mangini made moves for the long-term stability of the organization. There was no quick-fix nor did the head coach attempt to mask the issues to gain some short-term success. If the head coach would have been on a one-year plan, you can assume the trades of Winslow and Edwards may have not been completed.
If Holmgren would have been onboard, I do not believe both players would have been dealt. I could see Holmgren moving Winslow due to the ongoing contract issues and what appears to been outlandish demands.
With a much different structure and support in place, Holmgren would have had advantages in dealing with the types of personalities Winslow and Edwards are while both were in Cleveland.
Additionally, securing players to come to Cleveland via the free agency market will be an easier task with Holmgren in tow -- as well as having GM Tom Heckert evaluating the potential players and their fit in Cleveland.
Q: Is there anything new to report on the Josh Cribbs situation and why has all the talk gone suddenly quiet?
LA: Cribbs' reps have talked to Holmgren recently and there is a different dynamic and respect in place now -- and into the future. There has not been another offer forwarded, but both sides are proceeding with caution
All has gone quiet due to the reps and player toning down their initial missile shot launched to the media, as well as the player refraining from going Twitter-wild.
In the end, I anticipate a deal is going to be consummated and all will be satisfied.
Q: Any chance Derek Anderson remains with the team and gets an opportunity to prove Mangini wrong with his benching?
LA: Did you watch Anderson play a season ago? The season prior?
With the player being due in excess of $9 million and his questionable-at-best play, I don't see a way he remains on the team with his current contract.
Q: Everybody has jumped on the Browns' bandwagon with the hiring of a team president that has done nothing as an executive and a general manager that wasn't wanted any longer where he was employed. How is it that the fans and media always buckle to the excitement of change, without understanding the real position or problem?
LA: Yes, the new team president Mike Holmgren was not overly effective as a GM in Seattle and he acknowledges some of the issues, how he has learned from the process and why he made some of the moves he made years ago.
That being said, Holmgren is not in Cleveland to be a player personnel guy, nor is he in place to be the general manager evaluating and selecting the player roster. Holmgren is here to hire the right type of executive to oversee these areas of critical need, while he oversees and creates a harmonious structure in Berea.
Holmgren is well respected in league circles and this immediate credibility only will lend the helping hand in changing the culture and perspective of the Cleveland Browns.