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Browns Free Agency 2012: Mike Holmgren Discusses Failed Trade Attempt, Colt McCoy

Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren once again spoke on Seattle radio to discuss the Browns missed attempt at acquiring the second overall pick in the NFL Draft and his view of quarterback Colt McCoy.

Last week, Mike Holmgren spoke to Browns season ticket holders about his disappointment regarding the failed bid at moving up to select Robert Griffin III and he believes his comments were overblown. Via Daryl Ruiter of CBS Cleveland:

"I think that, as happens on occasion with the media, got overstated just a little bit," Holmgren told Mahler.

"We were involved in discussions, let’s put it that way," Holmgren said. "I thought we had enough bullets in the gun to perhaps make a run at that, and it turned out we didn’t.

Holmgren said on Monday morning that his courting of Griffin III in no way reflects on his judgement of McCoy. He said that, including potential draftees, the Browns "looked at 10 or 12 quarterbacks, maybe even more." Holmgren acknowledged that free agent Matt Flynn was among that group, but little else regarding the newly-signed Seattle Seahawk.

"Listen, I want to make something pretty clear… I like Colt McCoy as a player," Holmgren said. "I think he’s a fine player and has a chance to be a fine player in this league. I thought last year, one, he got beat up pretty good. We didn’t protect him quite as well. I thought our running game after Peyton Hillis got hurt wasn’t helping him enough in my opinion. And then we had the lockout, so you had a new coach, new system, new quarterback. So you put all that together, and I think it was a little bit of a short deck. So I’m not down on Colt McCoy at all."

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