Losing wears on Browns' best player

Losing wears on Browns' best player
July 30, 2013, 9:30 am

So the NFL can be the No Fun League.

Even when you’re the best player on your team, a six-time Pro Bowl pick and the highest-paid on the club. However, when you keep losing, that does take the joy out of football.

Listen to Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas.

“It’s no fun playing in the NFL when you’re going 4-12 every year,” he told ESPNCleveland.com. “It’s drudgery. It’s like covering a team that’s 4-12. It sucks.”

The Browns had a winning record in his rookie year, 2007, but haven’t won more than five games in a season since. Thomas has never been in a playoff game.

“I think about the day of me running out of the tunnel in Cleveland Browns Stadium for a home playoff game. That’s my dream. That’s why I show up every day,” he said.

“The individual stuff is nice, but it’s not important to me, per se, because the fun in this game is winning and I want to go to the playoffs.”

That appears highly unlikely this season — despite the optimistic statements coming from guys like Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo on defense — as Cleveland has gone through another regime change in the front office and coaching staff. NFL observers say the offensive cupboard is pretty bare, and that’s not going to work well against the tough defenses of the AFC North.

“One of those things that I try to talk to the young guys about and let them understand how important this team is to this city,” he said. “We could be legends if we bring this organization back to where it was a couple decades ago, or even win a Super Bowl. You’d never buy another drink, you’d never buy another dinner the rest of your life if you won a Super Bowl here.”

The way things are looking, Thomas will be picking up the check for a while.