Freddie Kitchens to let Todd Monken call plays tonight, again

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Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens is in charge of his offense.

But he’s going to let offensive coordinator Todd Monken call some plays tonight, and has secretly let him do so throughout the preseason.

Via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Kitchens said on his radio show that Monken has had the lead role at times in the preseason already.

“I haven’t really fully decided, but I know Todd will call some of them,” Kitchens said. “Some of it depends on what we do at the quarterback situation initially, but he’ll definitely get the opportunity. He called some of the other games but we just didn’t advertise it. Just didn’t feel the need to. In case it went bad, I didn’t want him suffering the consequences from it. . . .

“But we’ll do something. I always want to continue to let guys develop in this system, more importantly, just in case. You know, you never know.”

Kitchens is going to call the plays during the regular season, and his relationship with Monken required some defending early in camp. They say everything is smooth now, and letting Monken call preseason plays is at least a goodwill gesture.

Hue Jackson allowed Kitchens to do the same in the past, and Kitchens said he viewed it as valuable experience (which showed when Jackson was fired and he took over).

“I was going to prepare just like it was my role and I was hoping someone else would see it because I’d never gotten the opportunity anywhere else,” Kitchens said. “I was glad for the opportunity, and I was definitely treating it as an interview for other teams — not necessarily here.”

Monken has experience calling plays from his days in Tampa Bay.

11 responses to “Freddie Kitchens to let Todd Monken call plays tonight, again

  1. Could be a good or bad thing . Bucs had the #1 passing offense in 2018 with Monken calling plays , but it was somewhat predictable and the run game left a lot to be desired .

  2. Monken was such a much better play caller for the Bucs than Dirk Koetter. He should do fine with the opportunity being given.

  3. “He called some of the other games but we just didn’t advertise it. Just didn’t feel the need to. In case it went bad, I didn’t want him suffering the consequences from it.”

    Yeah, that’s a solid vote of confidence from Kitchens. This Monken transition sounds like it’s been rough so far.

  4. Kitchens feels a need to develop a fall guy for if Browns don’t match their own insane hype.

  5. I wonder what the world would look like if the Cleveland Browns actually won the Superbowl.

    It really is hard to imagine but if they even just make the playoffs that would be a huge step.

    I can’t wait to see how the season unfolds. The wait is almost over my friends.

  6. I think Freddie got the job because he is an honest and genuine guy and the players relate. I think he needs to be less of those things when talking to the media.

  7. Kitchens said. “Some of it depends on what we do at the quarterback situation initially…”

    What kinds of questions do the Browns have about the QB situation?

  8. You folks got some pretty short memories. When Monken was hired, he was told, by Dorsey, that Kitchens would be calling the plays and he would have to learn the Browns way of doing things.

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