Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas voiced his support of head coach Mike Pettine after Cleveland’s loss 28–12 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pettine will meet with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam on Sunday night and is expected to be relieved of his duties, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Thomas, a nine-year-veteran who has played his entire career with Cleveland, told reporters he thinks Pettine is “a good coach” and “one of the better ones” the Browns have had. Thomas added that his coach “deserves the opportunity to find a quarterback,” and spoke about the importance of finding a good quarterback in the NFL.
Joe Thomas: The most important thing to do in this business is finding a quarterback, if u do will be a coach loved, don't you get fired— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) January 3, 2016
In 2011, Thomas, an eight-time Pro Bowler, signed a seven-year contract with the Browns worth $84 million. On Sunday, Thomas said he could try to find a way out of the organization depending on coaching or front office changes for next season.
The Browns finished this season 3–13, their second straight losing season. In two season under Pettine, the Browns complied a 10–21 record.