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Joe Thomas vents at Browns management


It was inevitable that a veteran Browns player would fire a shot up the stairs at management this season. It's actually impressive that it took 11 weeks (and 11 losses).

After bottoming out against the Steelers (5-5) on Sunday in a game that saw them yield eight sacks and again get a quarterback injured, captain Joe Thomas said what was on just about everyone's mind.

"You've got to lie in the bed that you've made," he said, via The Chronicle Telegram. "We lost a couple really good players, I think the best at their position. But that was our strategy in the offseason. That's what we decided to do.

"The guys that are making the personnel decisions, they're the experts on that, so they're the ones that have to make those decisions and look at those decisions when they're made."

Thomas is obviously talking about the loss of both Mitchell Schwartz and Alex Mack. Both are having fantastic seasons in their new destinations, though the Browns probably figured that was going to happen anyway. The team's new brain trust was clear that they were going young and cheap, with Thomas being one of the few anchor pieces for the future.

While Thomas' remarks were pretty pointed, it's hard to imagine anyone there losing faith in the process just yet. Yes, the Browns are winless and plummeting fast toward the No. 1 pick in this year's NFL draft, but they were fairly clear about their intentions all along. Draft tons of cost-controlled players in the top 100, let them fight it out for spots and, when the time is right, supplement in free agency. What they weren't clear on was the effect it might have if the season wears on like this.


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