Freddie Kitchens: It drives me crazy that people are happy with 7-8-1

AP

The Browns improved from 0-16 to 7-8-1 last season, and Freddie Kitchens was a big part of that, taking over as interim offensive coordinator midway through the season and getting the team on the right track. But if you’re happy with 7-8-1, Kitchens doesn’t want you on his team.

Kitchens said at his introductory press conference that he needs to take the Browns into a place where no one is satisfied with being 7-8-1, or with anything short of winning the Super Bowl.

“It drives me crazy that people are happy with 7-8-1,” Kitchens said. “It drives me literally crazy and if I was in a different setting, my vocabulary would demonstrate that. But that’s not acceptable. Nobody here wants that. We understand that was an improvement but under no circumstance is that ever going to be acceptable. We only have one goal here and that’s to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.”

Those words will be music to the ears of Browns fans. If he can back them up.

24 responses to “Freddie Kitchens: It drives me crazy that people are happy with 7-8-1

  1. “We understand that was an improvement but under no circumstance is that ever going to be acceptable. We only have one goal here and that’s to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.”

    If the Browns do inevitably win a Super Bowl under Kitchens, that quote will be historic.

  2. Over/Under for Freddie Kitchens in Cleveland… +/- 3.5 Years?

    I’ll go with the Under, but then again they let the Hue Jackson rot set in for far longer than anyone would have guessed.

  3. Certainly refreshing to hear. But we have heard similar many times before. Love his attitude. If he can get it done, he will be the 1st for Clevelanders

  4. Freddie, the team won more games this year than the last three years combined…I said THREE YEARS COMBINED!

    Okay, so you want to continue to improved but damn…can’t you let the fans rejoice just a little bit over at least being competitive again?

  5. If they become a playoff team three years straight it would be awesome. Many fans want that one. I’d rather build a winning culture that makes playoffs every year first while always driving to improve.

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    jjackwagon says:
    January 14, 2019 at 1:13 pm
    Freddie, the team won more games this year than the last three years combined…I said THREE YEARS COMBINED!

    Okay, so you want to continue to improved but damn…can’t you let the fans rejoice just a little bit over at least being competitive again?

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    I’m fairly certain Freddie was talking about the players for the Browns, not the fans.

  7. I think when his tenure as coach is over, 7-8-1 will be considered pretty good. Easy to talk about hoisting the Lombardi, little harder to do it. Unless you are Tom Brady and the Patriots, I guess. But even they have only won it 5 times.

  8. I would keep all talk to the media to a minimum. They are going to try to get you to make headlines. Bring a workmanlike attitude that embodies Cleveland and getting your to not reads its headlines will be a lot easier.

  9. I`ve felt bad for Browns fans the last few years but seeing how obnoxious they act over a 7-8-1 season it`s hard to root for too much success. They didn`t beat 1 team over .500 in that 5-3 finish. 2 wins over Cincinnati and 1 vs Carolina,Denver & Atlanta and now their Super Bowl contenders! Talk about setting yourself up for disappointment with unrealistic expectations.
    Their improved but now they don`t get that last place schedule so i doubt their record will be improved much next season.

  10. johnc44, there isn’t a wide disparity between first- and last-place scheduling. Each team plays their division opponents twice, and they play the same AFC and NFC divisions which rotate every three years.

    That leaves two games of the 16 in regular season. Add in the significant changes year to year from smart drafting/free agency management, and teams decimated by a deluge of repairable injuries and the teams could be significantly better or worse than their rank next season.

    Playing in a consistently strong or weak division has far more impact.

  11. What 7-8-1 means to Browns fans is hope; pure and simple. They looked like a football team. Forget that there were 3 or so games that could have gone either way; no if only’s needed. What the fans saw was a competitive team with great attitude, great heart, and guys that could and were making plays which game them the chance to win.
    With Hue it was how will they lose. What Kitchens and Williams showed the fans was that they COULD win and WOULD win.
    There is finally hope that the team is capable of winning and the coaching staff is capable of helping them get those wins. That’s it. Hope. And we’ll take that. For now.

  12. Well, when you consider the Browns only won four games in the previous three years you’ll understand.

  13. kevo126 says:
    guy needs an nfl history lesson. 7-8-1 is about as good as it gets if you’re the browns

    History 101 is scheduled for the next semester. Big mistake letting Williams go for the RB coach, who was OC for half of a season.

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