Skimming Hob's articles last night looking for fodder and I came across this little bit.
Whitworth pulled Peko aside in the locker room when word filtered through that the Chiefs had lost.
“I told him how proud I was,” Whitworth said. “We started this thing back in June putting OTAs together ourselves. It’s been a long journey with all the crap we had to get their attention off of. Who was leaving? Who was coming? Who’s not staying with us and all that. To be where we are, who would have believed it? We’ve got our future in front of us.”
Congrats guys. You two do have a lot to be proud of, and we commend you both on your efforts. We at WDR respect everything you did leading up to this season and have to deal with on a regular basis, primarily your hopeless boss.
It is very easy to overlook the hard work and effort the players make to try to change the culture at Paul Brown Stadium. Over the years, we have come to experience their attempts as being futile. In the end, Mike Brown always finds a way to ruin a good thing. Regardless of the obstacles, you both managed to take a team that appeared to be imploding before the season officially began and helped mold it into something that has a foundation for potential success in the coming years.
Our new year's wish is that your boss in the coming offseason does not screw up what you have begun. We hope that you get the opportunity to build upon what you started so that the two of you and we, the fans, have a chance to experience something - together - that this town has been deprived of for way too long: a championship team.