Thomas was candid in discussing the frustration of playing for an organization that last made the postseason in 2002.
"It's been tough at times," he said during a conference call this week. "I've only had one winning season in my five years. The worst thing in the world in the NFL is losing because it's so mentally draining, physically draining. You constantly have turnover in the organization from the coaching staff to the administration, and it's difficult.
"It makes coming to work every day sometimes a little bit tough. So I'm ready to start winning and not have to stress about coaching changes and administration changes and roster turnover and all those bad things that come with when you lose."
With Jimmy Haslem becoming the new owner last month, more change chould be coming. But if Haslem replaces Coach Pat Shurmur and the rest of the staff, at least the new coaches will take comfort in Thomas' presence.
The 27-year-old Thomas is one of the top left tackles in the game, along with the Miami Dolphins' Jake Long, the Houston Texans' Duane Brown and the San Francisco 49ers' Joe Staley.