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Jaguars’ Tashaun Gipson criticizes Browns organization

Former Cleveland Browns safety Tashaun Gipson had plenty to say about the current state of the organization during an interview with ESPN’s Freddie and Fitz on Monday.

“You look back and I feel bad for those guys because, like I said, it’s nothing that they can do. They just go out there and play,” Gipson said. “It’s the guys above them who make these decisions and, you know, it’s unfortunate. We’ve seen it time and time again, the opportunity that’s slipped by them.”

Gipson—an undrafted free agent from Wyoming University— spent his first four seasons with the Browns and even earned a Pro Bowl trip in 2014 with the franchise, but front office turnover saw Gipson left behind as a part of the core group current Browns team President Sashi Brown allowed to walk after the 2015 season. That group included Alex Mack, Mitchell Schwartz and Travis Benjamin amongst others.

The Browns never made a serious push to sign Gipson to a contract extension during his final season with the team, and it left Gipson wanting a way out. Gipson cited a “desire to win” as his primary reason for leaving, which seemed interesting at the time given where the Jaguars franchise was. Now the Jaguars sit at 6-3 and Gipson is taking all the shots he can.

“I truly hope that we hang 40 on them. Their offense probably shouldn’t score against our defense and I’m excited. That’s the true thing.” Gipson continued, “It’s personal, but yet at the end of the day you’re still blessed… knowing that I’m in a situation right now where I don’t look back about it. I don’t look back with any regrets. I’m extremely excited with where I’m at right now, but you know it’s definitely going to be personal man, for sure.”

It’s hard to argue Gipson’s point, especially given the Browns 1-24 record since his departure. “Every time [Eagles quarterback] Carson Wentz pop up on the TV, somebody brings it up [that the Browns didn’t draft him]. I had to play against [Texans rookie quarterback] Deshaun Watson. It’s unfortunate what happened to him, but that’s going to be one of the best young quarterbacks in the league and one of the best quarterbacks in the league in the coming years. It’s things like that you just continue to scratch your head. You’ve just got to look back and say, ‘Man, I’m glad to get up out of there.'”

The Browns play the Jaguars in Cleveland this Sunday and it’s hard to see the fans cutting Gipson any slack given these comments. The hope is the players and coaches take it as personal as the fan will. A win against Gipson and the Jaguars would be a welcome, and much needed outcome.

  • BenRM

    The grapes. They taste sour.

  • RGB

    He obviously doesn’t understand The Process.

  • mgbode

    There needs to be a different analogy here. I don’t think sour grapes works.

  • BenRM

    Bitter…overrated player? I was never a huge Gipson fan. He seemed like an average NFL starter who had one good season. Obviously, he’s better than anyone on the Browns roster, but he wasn’t irreplaceable.*

    *Assuming good drafting, which obviously is suspect right now.

  • RGB

    Maybe he really loved Cleveland.

  • tigersbrowns2

    you mean the same organization that gave him a chance after every team in the NFL passed on him ??

    … and without that chance , he may not even be in the NFL.

  • Chris

    I liked Gipson. Should have been so publicly critical? Probably not. Was he wrong? Not really, no. Can I blame him for feeling that way? Hell No!

  • tigersbrowns2

    sweetness would be Njoku or Devalve catching the game-winning TD pass over Gipson.

  • RGB

    That’s not part of The Process.

  • tigersbrowns2
  • JM85

    I mean he’s not lying about the current Browns situation.

  • Harv

    Maybe he’s one of those guys offended that the org where he became a legit player didn’t find him worthy of retention. That’s understandable in a violent sport where you leave so much of your body on the field. Or maybe, like many jocks, he’s just not a developed or worldly enough person to understand that you lower your own standing by not keeping such thoughts to yourself.

    No matter, every word is truth. And the Browns would have some wins and be much closer to having a “competitive sustainable team for many years” (or whatever Sashi’s pet phrase is) if they had correctly evaluated and taken the QB they needed, signed decent players like Gipson, Schwartz, Ward, et al. to market value contracts and conducted business in a standard way. It’s only that hard when our apparently bottomless supply of Smartest Guys in Room like Mangini, Banner, Farmer and Sashi make it that hard.

  • Chris

    Re: “smartest guys in the room”… The Browns are the NFL’s version of auto-erotic asphyxiation. They’ve already been through countless jaggoffs, so another one just wouldn’t do it for them. Then Jimmy brings in HBT, who willingly choke themselves within an inch of their lives in their pursuit of higher glory.

  • mgbode

    I actually think the FS we let go that is better plays for the Bills now. Just hard to be sour grapes when the team you left wins 1 game in 2 yrs was my only point 🙂

  • mddawg

    Yeah, letting Poyer go was a bigger mistake. If I recall, Gipson didn’t play particularly well in his contract year and didn’t he refuse an extension earlier in his tenure here?

  • BenRM

    Sour grapes that he didn’t get paid? IDK.

  • Harv

    Guess depends what you think Jimmy wants to show for it (can’t believe I’m playing along).

  • Chris

    An audience, probably.

  • MartyDaVille

    Wow!

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  • BenRM

    I liked Poyer more as well.

  • tsm

    That’s an interesting analogy! Twisted, but interesting.