Kitchens Takes Blame For Cleveland Browns 20-13 To Los Angeles Rams

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Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens did not shy away from taking the blame for his teams 20-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

“I was proud of the way these guys competed tonight,” Kitchens said. “They fought their ass off until the very end. We just came up short. We do not get any second-place finish trophies in this business, but we will keep fighting. I was proud of the way the defense battled. Just kept battling and kept coming back. Offensively, it was tough going, but those guys kept fighting. That is the only thing you can ask for. I have to do a better job for them.”

Two bad decisions by Kitchens basically cost the Browns win number two of the season. The first was the fourth down and nine draw play to running back Nick Chubb.

“Bad call,” Kitchens said. “Yes, I wanted that play call. It just did not work. It was a bad call. We were trying to win the game. We were on their side of the field. Bad call.”

“That was on me,” Chubb said. “I got tackled by one person and I need to find a way to be better and break the tackle, get around him, over him, or something. I am taking that one upon myself.”

The second came on the final drive inside the Rams ten yard line. Four plays, three incomplete passes and a Baker Mayfield interception on fourth and goal. So why not run the ball with Chubb at least once? The Browns still had all three times outs available?

“I should have run it once. Should have run it three times,” Kitchens said. “I was being facetious. I should have ran it one time. That is why I am kicking myself in the ass for it right now.”

“Whatever he calls, that is what we are going to do,” Chubb said. “No matter what he calls, we need to execute, run our paths and find a way into the end zone.”

Despite being down five starters on defense, the Browns hung in there with the reigning NFC Champion Rams on Sunday Night Football. The Browns took a 6-3 lead into halftime on a pair of Austin Siebert field goals.

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Mayfield’s touchdown pass streak extends to 16 games in a row. Baker connected with tight end Demetrius Harris in the third quarter. Cleveland lead 13-10 heading to the fourth.

The Browns defense could not stop Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp. Quarterback Jared Goff’s two touchdown passes both went to Kupp who also had eleven catches for 102 yards.

Mayfield finished 18 of 36 for 195 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Baker was also sacked three times. The Rams defense forced Mayfield out of the pocket all night long.

“Disappointed more than anything because when you play a team like that, it is all the little things it comes down to. That is why it was fourth-and-goal right there at the end,” Mayfield said. “It is all the little details to build up to the end, and if you do not take care of them, it will come back to haunt you.”

Mayfield did not throw his coach under the bus for the decisions made late in the game.

“Teams are going to play us differently now because of who we have,” Mayfield said. “Right now – I keep saying it – we just have to do our job. We have to execute the plays that he has called, and I have to go through my reads, get the ball out and take care of our offensive line and just execute.”

“We have nothing but support for Coach Freddie (Kitchens). He has done and phenomenal job,” Odell Beckham said. “We just have to take a look at the film to see it. It is a good lesson for us to learn now, and now we know when we are in these kind of games what necessarily we need to do. I think that will be very good for this team.”

The Browns fall to 1-2. Up next a trip to Baltimore to take on the first place Ravens on Sunday.

Scott Piker is the Cleveland BrownsCleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage.com. So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport

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