Joe Thomas hopes he’s still a Brown when the Browns become competitive

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Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has made it through 10 years of futility in Cleveland. Thomas hopes he’s still there when the payoff comes.

“Well, there’s definitely a concern there,” Thomas said on PFT Live regarding the possibility of the team breaking through once he’s no longer on it. “Obviously the approach that they’ve taken since Sashi Brown took over as sort of the G.M. and President has sort of been this long-term approach which, as a younger player, which a majority of our team is, they can obviously be really excited about it because we’re in excellent salary cap space. We’ve got tons and tons of draft picks every year. We’ve got the youngest team in the NFL. We’ve got all these rookies and second-year players playing. We’ve got I don’t know how many guys that can’t even drink a beer that are starting for us on Sunday which is really great for the future.

“We’ve got an exceptional coaching staff. I think Hue Jackson is one of the finest coaches in the NFL, and certainly one of the finest I’ve ever been around. So really the pieces are in place and now it’s just a matter [of] how quickly is this pot as it’s being stirred together going to mature into a team that we can take to the playoffs? Me as a guy in my eleventh year, the oldest guy on the team by a wide margin, I’m thinking, ‘Well hopefully this comes together sooner than later.’ Because I have a realistic understanding that I’m not gonna play forever. There is gonna be a time where I’m not gonna be around anymore and I wanna make sure that I can still be a member of this team once we do take this team to the playoffs and hopefully on that Super Bowl run.”

It may not be a matter of next year or the year after. Even with an 0-2 start, Thomas has plenty of faith in the 2017 Browns.

“Well, I definitely feel like this could be our year,” Thomas said. “I look at what we’re doing on defense, I think we’ve already got a really, really good defense and as soon as Myles Garrett comes back he’s gonna be a game changer and I think that he’ll be able to turn that defense up to a top five defense in the NFL. And I think what we’re doing on offense, we’re making tons of improvement. I think DeShone Kizer is gonna make incredible progress each and every week being that he is a rookie and he is such a young player but he is a really fast learner. So I see him combined with Hue Jackson on offense and I feel like this could definitely be our year.”

Of course, it also could be the year that the annual Joe Thomas Trade Rumors result in a deal.

“I’m surprised it hasn’t started already; I’m sure you’ve been stirring the pot a little bit,” Thomas said. “I look forward to that trade deadline every year because then I can stop answering the question about do you want to be traded or do you think you’re gonna get traded?”

It sure sounds like Thomas doesn’t want out. Any football fan should want to see a guy like Thomas finally get a chance at playing in the postseason.

18 responses to “Joe Thomas hopes he’s still a Brown when the Browns become competitive

  1. This guy has been such a warrior. To be so consistently great when he’s so consistently surrounded by incompetence and dysfunction, it really is commendable. He at least deserves a playoff game before he retires, i just dexpect that will happen with the Browns anytime soon. Unfortunately he’ll probably have to finish his career elsewhere if he wants that chance.

  2. Man, I want this guy on my team. For all the turmoil this team has faced throughout his career and for him to be so upbeat and positive really speaks to who Joe Thomas is as a person. Good on ya, Joe. Hopefully you get to put a ring on your finger before you hang em up.

    Signed,
    Skins fan

  3. They’d be crazy to trade him, especially with a rookie QB. Just look around the league and see what a bad O Line does to a team, hello NY Giants.

  4. The Browns are competitive right now and have a good looking young team. We’ll see if that translates to wins.

  5. This regime will only look at age and salary and if they think they can get a high value draft pick or someone cheaper, Joe will be gone. Sad truth, they don’t value the other intangibles, it’s not part of the computer evaluation program.

  6. He may as well hope the sun doesn’t burn out the last of its hydrogen fuel, start consuming helium and expand to such a size that it engulfs the Earth before the Browns become competitive, because both events are on roughly the same schedule.

  7. Well, leave it to a guy playing a position that’s lacking talent in this league to drum up his losing career.Thomas is now the greatest LT to ever play..l.and leads all 10 year vets in vacation time.

  8. Joe Thomas is the Ernie Banks of left tackles. Consistently excellent and durable over a long career.

    Each one is probably the best player in their sport to never make the playoffs.

    In the NFL, Takeo Spikes holds the actual record for most games without a playoff appearance. He was a very good player in his own right, and played 219 games without seeing the postseason.

    Tom Van Arsdale played 12 years and 929 games without a playoff appearance. Given the salary cap constraints that create more player movement from team to team, and the number of teams making the playoffs, that record may never be broken. Otto Moore is next with 682 games.

    In the NHL, Ron Hainsey went 835 games before breaking his streak last year. I’m still researching hockey.

  9. If the Browns can trade Thomas for a second round pick they might have to do so.
    It is a matter of timing and common sense. Hopefully they could draft
    a player who could contribute for a long time when the Browns
    are competitive . A second and a fourth would make it
    easier. A first would be a no-brainer.

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