Jason MCourty leaves Cleveland today with a bad taste in his mouth about folks inside the Browns organization saying the team didn't have enough talent to win this season. "The talent in this locker room is not the talent to go win a Super Bowl this year, but this locker room is far more talented than 0-16," McCourty said after Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers. "I'm kind of tired of hearing so many people say, even within the organization, is we don't have the guys or we need more guys, let's work with the guys we do have and find ways to win games." McCourty backed up those statements on Monday without being specific about what the other reasons for losing were. Coach Hue Jackson has alluded to the lack of talent on several occasions, and new GM John Dorsey recently said in a radio interview that his predecessors didn't get enough "real players.'' Jimmy Haslam has also echoed those sentiments and they were the reason he fired former head of football operations Sashi Brown. But the remarks didn't sit well with McCourty -- and he says his teammates too. "I think it's bugged probably everyone in this locker room,'' he said. "When you're one of the guys on the team who's playing your heart out and you are putting everything into it - obviously, we are not getting the result we want, which is very apparent but still you are giving everything you have - you don't want to hear about what you don't have. "You want to make the best of what you do have. I think that is just the bond that is built in this locker room of I want to win for (DL) Danny (Shelton); Danny wants to win for me; I want to win for JT (DB Jamar Taylor). You don't really care what you don't have. You are just trying to figure out what we do have in this locker room, how do we go out there on Sunday and figure out how to win this game. As a player, you just hate to hear that from anywhere." He noted that "it bugs me no matter what. In or out, you just don't want to hear it." Running back Duke Johnson backed him up. "100 percent,'' he said. "I love J-Mac.'' McCourty added, "the whole season's been frustrating, to finish the way we finished and be on that side of history, very frustrating and I think myself and a lot of the guys in this locker room feel like we had enough talent to do a lot better than what we did.'' McCourty, who went through seasons of 2-14 and 3-13 in Tennessee, expects major roster changes, but notes the problems were systemic.
Browns players tired of “no talent” comments
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jan 1