Joe Haden is far more established than first-year pleasant surprise receiver Josh Gordon. Gordon tweeted earlier “uh oh” upon hearing that Michael Lombardi had been hired for the Browns personnel department. Joe Haden apparently feels much more secure in his spot with the Browns. He seems more forgiving too of some of the pre-draft rhetoric out of Mike Lombardi that maybe Joe Haden wasn’t fast enough.
“@rickdosky: @marykaycabot #Lombardi also said @joehaden23 was too slow to play in the NFL!” People make mistakes!
Haden had an up and down year because of his problems off the field and the NFL’s substance abuse program. On the field, Haden was exactly as good a player as anyone could have expected him to be. It is pretty entertaining to see these players address the various opinions that Lombardi had about them when he was a commentator on TV.
If you ever doubted that players read and listened to their critics, this is a very valuable lesson. They’re not only reading hateful tweets after rough games like Josh Cribbs. They’re paying attention to the next-day draft graders.
So Joe Haden’s opinion is a very mature one that all people make mistakes. Let’s just hope his statement doesn’t apply to Joe Banner a few years from now with regard to hiring Michael Lombardi.