Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/20/12
It is always refreshing to wake up on a Monday morning, hop in your car, and begin that drive to work at six in the morning, with the windows down, listening to sports talk radio, and get updates on what's going on in the world of Cleveland sports.

Then, with a gruesome blow to the groin, the morning show Kiley & Booms on 92.3 The Fan report that information from ProFootballTalk.com revealed that in the negotiations for the 2nd overall draft pick in this year's draft, the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins were the two front-runners.  The St. Louis Rams, the owners of the golden ring known as the 2nd overall pick, had no use for this pick, as they clearly were not going to over-spend for a wide receiver with this pick, and with Sam Bradford under center, certainly had no need for a top tier quarterback.  So, the Rams went shopping and had one simple rule for "The Hunger Games" known as the quest for the 2nd overall pick, and ultimate rights to try to draft Robert Griffin III.  Bring Your Best Offer!

The Browns offer was very nice, and is hard to believe the Rams passed it up.  The Browns offered up the 4th overall, and 22nd overall pick in this years draft, and a first-round draft pick in the 2013 Draft.  Who, in their right mind would pass up two first-round draft picks in any year?  Then a bonus first-round draft pick for next year, and let's be clear, folks, even if Cleveland had selected Griffin, they would probably still be handing over, at least, a draft pick in the top ten for the 2013 draft.

But then, as happens with every season, uber-spender Dan Snyder deals up the 6th overall pick in this years draft, the first-round draft pick in the 2013 AND 2014 drafts, and then the coup de grace, a second-round draft pick in this years draft.

Like that, Cleveland loses out on the Griffin sweepstakes, and almost ten days later, the information surfaces that at the last minute, Holmgren attempted to offer the 37th overall draft pick in this years draft to "sweeten the pot", but that effort was too little, too late, and Washington will no doubt draft Griffin now.

If Holmgren was willing to give up that 37th overall pick, why not do it right off-the-bat?  Why play around, then no-less, be quoted in a variety of news outlets as complaining that personal relationships in the Rams and Redskins organizations were the key to the Redskins walking away with the 2nd overall pick?
I think the Browns can do some good things with three draft picks in the first 37 selections, but the rumors that were circling Cleveland had it practically in the bag that the Browns were going to go to hell-and-back to get that draft pick to draft Griffin, make this loss quite frustrating.

Now, we just get Holmgren making conference calls with season-ticket holders, and blowing sunshine up their rear-ends that he did all he could, and made "just as good an offer" as the Redskins did.  It is getting to the point that the fans are tired of hearing your excuses and lies, and want to see some serious results, Mr. Holmgren.  The Browns could use a better quarterback than Colt McCoy, but in the right scheme, McCoy could flourish, but the West Coast Offense, and mind you, a West Coast Offense with less than stellar components, is not the best scheme for McCoy.  It's even frustrating to watch such teams, as the Broncos, and Tim Tebow last year, when they finally inserted him as their starting quarterback, you see John Fox altering his offense to work to Tebow's strengths.  Unfortunately, you don't see that in Cleveland.  Has Holmgren, or Pat Shurmer, considered once what scheme McCoy would work best in?  It certainly does not seem so, and now, it ultimately looks like this will be McCoy's job since the Browns have lost out on Griffin.

I'd love to hear what some of you have to say about this turn of events, that reveals that Holmgren didn't bring his best offer!

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