Freddie Kitchens gets candid about Baker Mayfield’s subpar performance

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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had a less-than-stellar showing on Friday night, in the preseason game that used to be the Week One dress rehearsal but that currently is, well, something. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens would have liked to have seen something more from Mayfield.

“I do not think Baker played as well as he would have liked to have played nor how I would have liked him to play,” Kitchens told reporters on Saturday. “Just like we have said before, he has to try and get better, too, each and every day. The way offensive football works is the offensive line has to do their job, the tight ends have to do their job, the receivers have to do their job, the running backs have to do their job and the quarterback has to do his job. If all of that happens, you have a successful offense. If any part of that breaks down, it affects other people’s job. We have to understand that, we do understand that and everybody has to continue to get better and move in the same direction from that standpoint.”

So what bothered Kitchens the most about Cleveland’s offense on Friday night?

“People not being where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be there with some Day 1 install type things,” Kitchens said.

Kitchens doesn’t seem to be concerned about the possibility that the problem will linger into the regular season, which starts in 15 days with a visit from the Tennessee Titans.

“I think that is part of the learning process,” he said. “I do not know what the disconnect was. It was very clear that we have to figure out what we were doing as a staff and see if we were asking them to do too much or what. I do not know what it is, but some of the stuff that we were not right on we have been doing for several months now. At the end of the day, I know we have left the hotel and have broken camp, but we should still be in the mode of getting better, and this is an opportunity for us to do that.”

Mayfield completed only 10 of 26 passes on the night, and the Browns had a paltry 141 yards of total offense, along with an average gain of 2.6 yards per play.

28 responses to “Freddie Kitchens gets candid about Baker Mayfield’s subpar performance

  1. The Browns have been chirping for months. They’re making SB guarantees, putting down other teams, and making fun of other players. That’s a lot of arrogance for a team that hasn’t accomplished anything, EVER. 7 wins is the high water mark of this franchise…

  2. “The way offensive football works is the offensive line has to do their job, the tight ends have to do their job, the receivers have to do their job, the running backs have to do their job and the quarterback has to do his job. If all of that happens, you have a successful offense.”

    You’d think.

  3. Things have gotten very strange in Cleveland. It’s a shame because Gregg Williams had this team clicking on all cylinders last year for the 1st time in 20 years and what do they do? Hire Freddie Kitchens. That was a big mistake. Should have kept Gregg Williams as Head Coach!

  4. We’ve seen so many quarterbacks come in, have a hot first season, then drop off dramatically (Kapernick was the most recent). I’n not saying Mayfield is bad or will be, but let’s require quarterbacks to string together several good years before we start molding the bust for Canton.

  5. Put down the hammer, Freddie! Make the starters play the final preseason game until they’re all in sync and they get it right.

  6. Ricko, Please tell me made SB guarantees? Who put down other teams, except for OBJ? And, who made fun of other players? Talk about goals? Sure, they do that, but so does every other team. Hater`s will always lie to support themselves.

  7. ytownie says:
    August 24, 2019 at 5:07 pm
    Ricko, Please tell me made SB guarantees? Who put down other teams, except for OBJ? And, who made fun of other players? Talk about goals? Sure, they do that, but so does every other team. Hater`s will always lie to support themselves.
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    Who made fun of other players??? Baker talking about where Jones was drafted? He should worry about himself and his team. Cleveland needs to stop letting NY live in their heads rent free.

  8. It didn’t take long. Freddie Kitchens has already lost control of this locker room. Players obviously do not respond to Freddie. There is a reason that Freddie was never an Offensive Coordinator, much less a Head Coach. Big trouble brewing here in Cleveland! Should have kept Gregg Williams.

  9. Kitchens has likely been itching to say something for the last couple of weeks (Baker and Odell with their non-stop talking) but was able to bite his tongue. This last game gave him the chance to go off a little bit without seeming like he was just getting on his star players for talking out of school (which is exactly what they did). I think Kitchens was just waiting for the right time to crack the whip.

  10. Nobody on the browns has made a super bowl prediction. They have the same damn goal as everyone else . So stop saying they said superbowl . They want to improve like every other team. Just because we look good on paper and you guys are scared, doesnt mean anyone is saying any Vince young dream team bs. Just because we got OBJ all the jealous haters come out, sorry our QB doesnt speak in boring cliches. Also it’s a preseason game . And did you see that defense ? Jammis didnt have anytime last night. Dont sleep on that front four looking at the Lamborghini that’s going to be our offense

  11. Im a Giants fan and was stunned when we traded Odell….it was a blow. However, after the smoke has now cleared, it seems like it was the right move to make.
    I actually still like Odell and hope he does well and matures as a player. BUT, I wouldnt be betting money on it.

  12. The offense was a joke. D’Ernest Johnson played hard. Only bright spot I saw. Sheehy is FAST, he should be kept…which means they will cut him naturally.

  13. bakerthetdmaker says:
    August 24, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Nobody on the browns has made a super bowl prediction. They have the same damn goal as everyone else . So stop saying they said superbowl

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    On May 7th OBJ was quoted:
    “I plan on being there for the next five years and trying to bring as many championships there as possible,” he said, “turning (the Browns) into the new Patriots.”

    Kind of sounds like a SB prediction to me.

  14. No wonder Browns are subpar, they all consume all their time before and after games in talking – it must be exhausting.

  15. Glad to know that all offensive positions need to do their jobs for every thing to click , I’m ready … give me a random teams play book and I’ll call plays using a D20 dice , just need to make sure everyone is doing their job.

  16. Never seen a Head Coach talk as much as Freddie. He spews more nonsense in one press conference than most Head Coaches do in a year. No wonder this guy has never even been an Offensive Coordinator! The players have already tuned him out! Big trouble ahead for the Browns!

  17. Cleveland receivers need to hold onto the balls, how many drops did they have? Plenty, no excuses for poor play, CLE has always had a dropped pass problem. I wonder if what’s his name will drop passes if he ever gets on the field.

  18. I would not blame the Browns here, but the consensus chirping media, which, based on BM’s late season performance (as with the same media claiming the Bills are a playoff calibre team because of what Josh Allen did late season, as if beating the Fins in Buffalo is a big deal, heck Matt Moore is only Fins QB to beat Bills in Buffalo since God knows when!) has gotten the pundits, as only pundits will, proclaiming the Browns a Supe contender based on nothing but hype. As if they already knew the outcome of the 2019 NFL season…give that chirping grasshopper a “Hrumph”! And yep, theyshoulda kept Gregg Williams… When expectations are too high for a team that has sucked since the reconstitution… what can on expect?

  19. Can’t agree with the coaches call out here. You put Baker out there with the #2’s and #3’s and expected those guys to play like pro bowlers. That’s exactly what Hue Jackson did last season too in the 3rd pre season game then told everyone Baker wasn’t ready. In fact a lot of Kitchens actions so far have mirrored Hue Jackson.

    The half time score was 9-0 in part because Bakers very accurate tosses in the endzone were getting dropped by bubble players leading to field goal tries. That’s on you coach, not Baker.

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