The offensive line needs a new leader. It needs one who focuses on the play of the group over their individual job. One who cares if the quarterback gets hit repeatedly. The line needs a leader is who sets an aggressive and nasty tone.
Joe Thomas is still having a great season even though signs of decline are everywhere. It would be smart for the front office to trade Joe Thomas, get as much value as they can. Then they would be in position to overall the attitude and mentality of this offensive line – which needs it badly.
Maybe Joel Bitonio is the leader this offensive line needs. He plays nasty and with aggression. The Browns will never know until they give him a chance to lead.
Joe Thomas’ time as the face of the franchise needs to come to an end. He is not the leader to shape this rebuild. He is not the leader who rallies the team to play better or work harder. Under his watch quarterbacks are taking beatings while the offensive line takes a “ho-hum, that’s what we get for letting people leave” approach. This is not how a face of the franchise responds.
Want to see how a face of the franchise responds? Look at Terrelle Pryor.
Terrelle Pryor is making the case to surpass Joe Thomas as the face of the franchise and the leader of this team. He plays with fire. He is determined to win. He is competitive. He hates losing. He is young and is exactly the type of personality the Browns need in a leader moving forward.
It is time for the Browns to become Terrelle Pryor’s team.