Freddie Kitchens called a bad game Sunday night in the Cleveland Browns 20-13 loss. A fourth down and nine draw play and four straight passes inside the Los Angeles Rams ten yard line with all three time outs available.
All five of those play calls failed. Kitchens is taking the blame for the loss. So what about taking the play calling duties off your hands and hand it over to offensive coordinator Todd Monken?
“It is not going to happen,” Kitchens said. “It is my fault. No, it is me. Todd does a great job during the course of the week of making sure we stay on task, we stay organized and all that kind of stuff. When things mess up, it is going to be me.”
Kitchens is handling the bad job he did, but should Browns fans be concerned the rookie coach is over his head? Will the play calling improve?
“When you start talking about specifics like that, I just know how the guys around me are. I think you take the sense of you get a better feel for what people can do and what people can’t do or the better situations that they can be in in relation to the situation you are putting them into currently. That is what you do,” Kitchens said. “You do your work in the course of the week and you call it Sunday. If they do things differently, you make adjustments accordingly. I think we have been doing a good job of that. Now, it just needs to get more consistent.”
The schedule does not get any easier. The first place Baltimore Ravens are next in week four on the road.
“I will say this about that this organization. I have tremendous resources right here in this building from an organizational standpoint and from a coaching staff. Our players know that they are the only ones that matter. Our players know that they are going to get the best they got from me that I have every day, every week and every game. I am pretty sure that they have my back just like they know I got theirs. We will be just fine moving forward. I really truly appreciate your concern. We are going to be fine. I promise you that.”