by Aaron Wilson
September 20, 02013
Rather than get into a back-and-forth with former Cleveland Browns team president Mike Holmgren, Browns CEO Joe Banner didn't respond in anger to Holmgren criticizing the trade of running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2014 first-round draft pick.
“Mike’s entitled to his opinion,” Banner told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He ran the team for three years and was able to do what he believed in. It’s our turn trying to do what we think is right. Obviously wouldn’t have done this if we agreed with his comments.”
Banner took exception to Holmgren saying coach Rob Chudzinski didn't support the trade.
“I think the most important thing for me to say is we don’t do anything with Chud not right in the middle of every discussion, every evaluation,'' Banner said. "Every single time I got off the phone with (Colts general manager) Ryan Grigson I went down, reported to him where we’re at. He’s a very strong believer in where we’re at and where we’re headed and how this is going to help us.
“I think the most important thing is for people to realize we’re all on the same page. This is a collaborative decision that everybody in the organization, from the owner, myself, the head coach, everybody involved felt very strongly was a good thing to do.”
Holmgren told Seattle radio station KGR that the trade isn't a good one.
"I struggled with it,'' Holmgren said. "Philosophically, if I am the coach and someone came in anywhere and did that, I'd say 'okay fire me, or I'm going to quit. Or we're going to both go into the owner and talk about this and the we'll see who's still standing.''
"How do you make your team better by trading your best player?' He's the best offensive player. He's a valuable, valuable guy.''
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.