The Steelers may have embarrassed themselves Sunday night in Kansas City, but at least they were playing in a postseason game.
That’s something Joe Thomas never accomplished in his 11-year NFL career.
During the Chiefs’ 42-21 shellacking of the Steelers, for some reason, Thomas decided to mock Pittsburgh on social media. “Steelers, congratulations on your playoff participation trophy,” he tweeted.
That’s an odd diss for Thomas to put out there, because the Browns only recorded one winning season while he was suiting up for them. Despite being a six-time first-team All-Pro, the star left tackle never played in January.
In other words, he should know how difficult it is to make the postseason, never mind win a playoff game. Brett Keisel, who won two Super Bowls with the Steelers, reminded Thomas of that.
“Did you ever get one of those? No,” he wrote.
Thomas responded to that criticism in his mentions, declaring the “the NFL is binary, you win the Super Bowl or you don’t.” While that’s true, one must recognize there are different variations of success teams can achieve within those parameters. For example, there’s a difference between going 0-16 — like the Browns in Thomas’ final season — and qualifying for the playoffs.
The Steelers put the Browns back in their place this year, sweeping the season series, which included Roethlisberger’s final home game. Roethlisberger didn’t exit with fireworks, but at least he put the Browns in their proper basement-dwelling place before hanging up his pads.