Joe Haden: Success In Pittsburgh ‘Feels Like I’m Back In Florida’

Joe Haden played for the Cleveland Browns for seven seasons. At no point during that span did his team ever have a record that was four games above the .500 mark. In fact, in order to find the last point in time at which the team had even had a winning record, you would have to go back to Week 14 of the 2014 season.

That was the last—the only—time that the Browns ever came close, during the cornerback’s tenure, to having a successful season. With five games to go, Cleveland was right in the mix in the AFC North. I think all four teams in the division at the time were tied with a 7-4 record, three games above .500.

They lost their last five games to go 7-9, another losing season.

Incredibly, there were only and exactly two periods in which the Browns had a winning record during Haden’s tenure. Aside from the strong 7-4 period in 2014, Cleveland was also briefly 3-2 the year before. But they were 2-2 before that, and 3-3 after it, going 4-12 overall on the year.

So the former Gator doesn’t even know what to do with himself at this point. He is on a team in the Pittsburgh Steelers that is making a strong push for homefield advantage throughout the playoffs halfway through the season. He has never experienced anything coming even particularly close to resembling this level of success.

Not, at least, since he used to be teammates with Maurkice Pouncey. At Florida. With the Gators.

Seriously. That’s what he told Aditi Kinkhabwala, who, while she may not longer have the greatest standing in Pittsburgh, has now covered the cornerback both with the Browns and the Steelers.

He was asked what it was like, after years with the Browns and only having a winning record at any point in the second half of a season once, to be sitting at 6-2 halfway through the year and looking at the driver’s seat for the top seed in the conference. “It feels like I’m back at Florida”, he said.

As Kinkhabwala also noted in her Tweet, the Browns while Haden was there recorded a spectacularly abysmal 29-83 record, which is a winning percentage of just 25.9. That is a product of having no winning seasons over the course of seven years, and a number of different coaching staffs, front offices—even owners.

Now he knows what he has been missing out on all these years that his old teammate, Pouncey, has experienced in the meantime. While he has never experienced a winning season—or even an non-losing season—the Steelers have not had a losing season since well before Pouncey was even drafted.

Welcome to Pittsburgh, Joe. Although I’m sure you’ve already been welcomed in a city that admittedly has gone much longer without a Pro Bowl cornerback than has Cleveland.

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Matthew Marczi

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  • will

    Why does Aditi K. no longer have the greatest standing in Pittsburgh?


    If Cleveland has its Dawg Pound, Haden is Steelers Nation rescued Dawg.

  • CP72

    She had a couple of shall we say inaccurate reports concerning the Steelers.

    That being said, I like Aditi. She’s got a great sense of humor and is very interactive with people on social media.

  • will

    Tell me more please



  • John Noh

    I think it had to do with Coach Tomlin being really short and direct with her regarding her questions about Martavis Bryant being traded possibly. He was finished talking about that topic and she, like any good reporter, was having none of it.

  • Brenton deed

    Don’t challenge the man!!!

  • LOL! I remember thinking at the time she was a good reporter doing her job [and doing it better than our local ‘yes men’ scribes–asking tough questions from a tight-lipped source concerning a controversial topic. It took guts for her to stand up to Mike.

  • Conserv_58

    Submitting some rather erroneous and unsubstantiated reports will do that.

  • Conserv_58

    Good reporters also know when to keep their mouths shut when they’re told by the head coach that he’s done talking about a particular topic. To keep pressing him to talk about Bryant only made Tomlin angrier and to take a position to not acknowledge her in the future.

  • NCSteel

    Savor the flavor Joe

  • Matthew Marczi

    By ‘Pittsburgh’ I meant ‘the fan base’, because, as others have mentioned, she has gotten several things inaccurate. I’ve been a defender of hers, but even I have to admit that. Off the top of my head was an accusation that Antonio Borwn was upset when the Steelers scored a rushing touchdown because he wanted the ball, but there were a few more substantial things that she got wrong that I can’t recall at the moment. To be honest, I only added that in there because a number of people here don’t like her.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Where is Teblow now?

  • will

    Ok. Thank you. Missy is better.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    Let’s not forget his other Gator teammate who helped recruit him to Pittsburgh….Gilbert.