CLEVELAND - Fans that think professional athletes don't care about winning should have seen Joe Haden after the Browns lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 32-28, Sunday at First Energy Stadium.
The Browns cornerback was beaten by Cecil Shorts III late in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard touchdown pass that all but sealed the deal. Shorts put a double move on Haden, who bit on the first move and found himself trailing the throw.
Haden's eyes were noticeably red from tears when he faced reporters after the game. His voice quivered as he fought back more tears during a brief, emotional session.
The disappointment of three straight losses has clearly taken a toll on Haden. The Browns are 4-8 and have fallen out of playoff contention in the AFC.
Haden said it's difficult to get a read on where the players are at emotionally after what happened Sunday.
"We can't stand losing. It hurts," Haden said. "I go out there and put my heart out there every time and we're coming up short. It was my fault right there on the touchdown. He ran a good route; good play; good offense.
"Don't take anything from our 'D'. We're out there every time, grinding, fighting, and this hurts. We're tired of it. There's nothing we can say. You're going to come with the same questions, and every week I'm going to give you the same answers. We're going to get better next week we're going to get better next week. Until we do it, then there's nothing else to talk about."
Haden had been playing some of the best football of his four-year NFL career. Earlier in the game he recorded his fourth interception in the last three games.
Haden keeps a copy of the map of Hawaii in his locker at the team facility in Berea. It serves as a reminder of his goal to earn an AFC Pro Bowl invitation.
A trip to Hawaii was the furthest thing on Haden's mind after the loss to the Jaguars.
"You're always coming with the defense and stuff," Haden said. "They did a good job and scored on me at the end of the game. Our 'D' is solid. We make plays when we do and they did their thing. Things happen."