Joe Haden: Winless Browns ‘literally the laughingstock of every joke’
The 0-12 Cleveland Browns currently are on a collision course with infamy, only four losses away from joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only NFL teams to ever go 0-16. And Joe Haden is miserable over it.
In fact, the Browns cornerback says it’s so bad he doesn’t often venture outside of his house in order to avoid hearing all the jokes and sarcastic remarks about the team’s futility.
“It’s tough, it’s super tough,” he said, via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “I’ve never been in a situation like this where we’re literally the laughingstock of every joke. I can’t look at any sports net or anything and they’re not saying at least he’s not going to the Browns, stuff like that. It’s tough, it sucks and you’re hearing if from everywhere. Everybody’s giving it to you. There’s really nothing you can do but go win.
“That’s what I’m saying, there’s nothing that can change this but winning, there’s nothing else I can say if we go out there and lose again. Everything is all determined on winning and all determined on the scoreboard at the end of the game. Until we get that changed we’re going to be the laughingstocks.”
Haden also made note of how hard it is to hear about Browns fans applying for a parade permit should the team go winless this season. A bitter pill to swallow, indeed.
It warrants mentioning that Haden guaranteed the Browns wouldn’t go winless this season prior to the team suffering its twelfth straight loss last Sunday to the New York Giants. He also was the Browns player who proclaimed that the so-called “Cleveland curse” was over after the Cavaliers won an NBA title.
It hasn’t quite turned out that way for the Browns, to put it mildly. But the team has another crack at winning its first game in a showdown while hosting the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
It merits noting Robert Griffin III will make his triumphant return to the field, so who knows? Perhaps this will be the week. If so, at least Haden could come out of hiding.