BEREA, Ohio — Quarterback Drew Stanton knows what it means to go through a winless season.
“I don’t wish that on anybody,” said Stanton, a member Adam Henrique Authentic Jersey of the 2008 Detroit Lions, the only 0-16 team in NFL history.
In 2009, the St. Louis Rams went 1-15. The team the Rams beat? Detroit. After the game, Stanton crossed paths with a former teammate from Michigan State, Cliff Ryan.
“I told him, ‘I’m so happy for you guys,'” Stanton said. “‘Usually I can never accept losing, but the fact that you guys don’t have to worry about going 0-16 makes it that much better for you guys.'”
Stanton now plays for the Arizona Cardinals, who Andy Greene Authentic Jersey went to the NFC Championship Game last season. Cliff Avril, another former Lion, now plays for the Seattle Seahawks. Both are well aware of the Browns’ 0-10 record.
Theismann later told the New York Times in a 2005 interview: “The pain was unbelievable, it snapped like a breadstick. It sounded like two muzzled gunshots off my left shoulder. Pow, pow! It was at that point, I also found out what a magnificent machine the human body is. Almost immediately, from the knee down, all the feeling was gone in my right leg. The endorphins had kicked in, and I was not in pain.”
“I’m not happy at where they are,” former Colts center and current ESPN analyst Jeff Saturday said. “You can’t lay it all on Andrew Luck. They have to do things around him. He’s so valuable that he’s counted on to do everything right. It’s not that he hasn’t made mistakes, because he has. But you’re putting it on him every week to make something happen, and it’s one of those deals where other areas of the football team are going to have to step up and meet that same level of performance and play if they want to be consistently in the playoff hunt and the championship hunt.”
The expectations for the Colts likely wouldn’t be what they are had they not been successful from the start. They set the bar by winning 33 regular-season games, reaching the playoffs three straight seasons and going undefeated in the AFC South in back-to-back seasons during their first three years with Luck.