Before the Browns hired Hue Jackson as the sixth head coach of his tenure in Cleveland, left tackle Joe Thomas expressed uncertainty about his future with the franchise.
Thomas was nearly traded to the Broncos before the trade deadline, something that he said left him thinking about playing for a different team for the first time in his career. Newly installed vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said last week that he’s spoken to Thomas about what the team plans to do to get on a winning track and that they want Thomas to be a “big piece” of those efforts, something that seems to have resonated with Thomas.
Thomas said Saturday that Jackson’s a “pretty awesome” choice as coach and that he’s not feeling the push to go somewhere else.
“Certainly I love the people in Cleveland,” Thomas said on WKYC, via the Akron Beacon Journal. “It’s my home. I love the city. I love everything about it. So I definitely want to be part of the turnaround.”
Assuming feelings don’t change on either side in the coming months, Thomas will be in his familiar spot on the Cleveland line for the 10th year in a row. We’ll see if Year 10 is the charm for that long-awaited turnaround.