Wylie, in a national radio interview over the weekend said that former quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese did all the work last season once Hue Jackson and Todd Haley were fired. Wylie also felt that former defensive coordinator and interim head coach Gregg Williams should have been named the head coach.
Kitchens had this to say in retaliation after Monday’s practice in Berea.
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“I know Bob Wiley to be a good person, and out of respect for his family, I will not get into any of that because he is a father, he is a husband and he is a granddad. I would just say this about that whole situation: Bob knows what happened, Bob knows what was going on, and when he was here, he knew everything about it. That was last year. Listen, Bob was not under contract. He forgot to tell everybody that. (Bob) was not under contract. He had talked about retiring forever. Sometimes when a person says something, they have to be made to feel relevant, OK? Bob is a good person, and I do not want to lose sight of that. I have too much respect for him as a person.”
“What I would say, though, is what got lost in the shuffle is what really mattered into what we are doing right now. For whatever reason it got lost in the shuffle, we just had 40,000 people at a stadium for a practice, where all the proceeds went to the ‘Get 2 School’ initiative that the Browns have done. That got lost into the shuffle of all this stuff that happened last year. The days of inside information and the days of unnamed sources and stuff like that have ended. You are not going to get any information like that ever – anybody. If I ever see it, they are fired immediately. That is the way we are running this organization. I can take it. (General Manager) John Dorsey can take it. We will not crack. I promise you.”
Hopefully those comments puts this issue to rest permanently. Kitchens is the Browns head coach. Wylie is out of the NFL. Williams is the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets. Now back to training camp and preparing the regular season.