Mike Holmgren has a message for the quarterback-needy teams reportedly giving strong consideration to passing on a signal-caller in the first round of May's draft:
"You've got to take one."
"Somebody in that group can play; I feel sure of that," Holmgren told Peter King of TheMMQB.com on Monday. "You list them, you evaluate them, you discuss them as a scouting and coaching group and you pick one.
"Now -- and this is very, very important -- once he's with you, you never, ever let anyone believe he's not the right guy, not the quarterback of the future. In the building, obviously, that's a given. But in public, too. Every time you talk about him, he's your guy."
How often do we get an unfettered glimpse inside the mind of an NFL executive, a species that has introduced the highest level of institutional paranoia to the sports world?
Holmgren's admonition to clubs in search of a quarterback isn't unusual.
It's Holmgren's candidness -- not his advice -- that is striking.
"If it fails, you fail, and you lose your job," Holmgren said. "But that's part of it. You've got to be willing to pick a guy and be behind him. Coach your a-- off, fix what needs to be fixed, and you might not know what you have after one year or two years, but you'll know after three years. You've got to give him a real chance."
Left without an obvious quarterback solution, Holmgren concedes NFL organizations will invent one.