Mr. T Posted December 30, 2008 Report Share Posted December 30, 2008 Quinn, Thomas thinking positively Steve King, Staff Writer 12.29.2008 When quarterback Brady Quinn and left tackle Joe Thomas met with the media on Monday, just hours after owner Randy Lerner announced that the team had made a change at both the general manager and head coach positions, the two said they see more positives than negatives in the moves. "A lot of people tend to look at change in a negative way," Quinn said."But all the encounters I've had with change have been in a positive manner. I've been through coaching changes in high school, in college and now the NFL. It allows people to start anew." "This has been a crazy year for us as players, the coaches and the organization," said Thomas. "Starting with the injuries, it just seemed like every bit of adversity that could possibly happen, happened to us throughout the season. "It was just like one thing after another. It's been a tough season." Added Quinn, "We faced some unusual circumstances and we did our best to battle through them, but in the end, things just didn't work out in our favor. This is one of the most unlucky years I've ever seen, or ever been a part of, in football." "These decisions came down to wins and losses," Thomas said. "In the business of football, that's what everything comes down to. It's, ‘How many games did you win, and how many did you lose?' And if you didn't win enough to measure up to whatever standard there was, then you're not going to be here next year." It's something the players simply have to deal with. "The guy who drafted you and signed you is no longer here," Quinn said. "The coach who gave you the opportunity to play, and who you've been working with for the past two years, is no longer here. "It's a little bit of a tough transition, but something we've all experienced at one point or another in our playing career." As Quinn said, however, change can be good - if you just give it a chance. "Whoever they might bring in as coach, I feel confident in my ability to adapt," said Quinn. "The biggest thing for the fans is to continue to stay optimistic about the team," he said. "I think there's a lot of pessimism sometimes, especially when coaching changes are made. "But there have been examples of teams that have made coaching changes, such as the Atlanta Falcons, where young guys and new faces have come in and had success right away." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.