Jarvis Landry, Joel Bitonio speak out on overcoming Cleveland’s ‘dark days’
The Cleveland Browns find themselves in unfamiliar territory as they have positioned themselves to make the playoffs this season. Amid the quick turnaround, Joel Bitonio and Jarvis Landry spoke on about the Browns overcoming the previous struggles of the franchise.
“You get here and you go through some tough seasons,” Bitonio said, via Jimmy Watkins of Forbes. “I was telling my wife the other day, it took me like four years to win 10 games at one point where it was just so long. To experience a winning culture and just be on a winning program for once, it is something you want to be a part of and you dreamed of being a part of.”
Bitonio is the longest-tenured player on the Browns, having been with the team since 2014. Therefore, he’s experienced all of the plights that have come with playing football in Cleveland.
In his first four seasons with the Browns, the organization recorded an abysmal 11-53 record, going 1-31 over the course of the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Besides Bitonio, Rashard Higgins and Charlie Hughlett are the only other two players that have been with the franchise since 2016.
After clinching their first 10-win season since 2007, Landry discussed how excited he was to see Bitonio, Hughlett, and Higgins experience a winning record.
“Those guys and 1-31, you know how tough that is being that they worked so hard and knowing the type of players that they are,” Landry said Thursday. “To be in this position now, it is definitely gratifying to see the smile on their faces and see that everything that they went through was no in vain. Now, we are in a different place, and hopefully, this is the standard from now on and they are going to be a part of it.”
With two games remaining in the regular season, the Browns have a chance to now win the AFC North if the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to slip up. Regardless of how the division plays out, Bitonio and Landry are hoping that winning games becomes a consistent trend for Cleveland moving forward.