Freddie Kitchens calls Rex Ryan’s comments about Baker Mayfield “asinine”

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Former Jets and Bills coach Rex Ryan recently criticized Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has now criticized the criticism.

“I appreciate his opinion and all that, but he is not in our building,” Kitchens told reporters on Wednesday regarding Ryan’s remarks. “He has no idea what we are doing. I would answer that with that.”

Among other things, Ryan called Mayfield a “one-read quarterback.”

“No, he is not,” Kitchens said. “That is asinine to even say.”

On Monday, Ryan (who is now an ESPN analyst) questioned Mayfield’s abilities.

“I don’t get it,” Ryan said, via Mary Kay Cabot of “I’d love to be an offensive coordinator here. I have Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb and there’s Baker Mayfield. Yeah, I know he’s overrated as hell. . . . Look, I bought into the dang hype. I’m like, ‘Oh, yeah!’ But not to the point where everyone’s saying he’s going to be the league MVP. . . . Here’s a guy right now that’s a one-read guy, and then he’s going to improvise. He’s gotta realize that you are one of the slowest guys on that field when you take off with it. The ball’s not coming out in rhythm. He’s staring down guys, and you’re not that accurate down the field.”

Whether Ryan is right or wrong, the struggles of the team and the offense will invite criticism. Mayfield has a habit of ignoring it, while also never forgetting it. Regardless, unless and until things change for the Browns (and the schedule gets no easier), voices like Ryans will be ringing out — and potentially resonating with fans.

73 responses to “Freddie Kitchens calls Rex Ryan’s comments about Baker Mayfield “asinine”

  1. I know one thing for sure: Baker’s numbers would be a lot better if he were facing Rex Ryan Defenses every week.

  2. Dangerous to take Rex Ryan’s side in anything but watching Mayfield play it’s easy to see what Ryan is saying. And on some plays like the INT into the end zone at the end of the Rams game he does ZERO reads. That one was totally him just chucking it out there and hoping.

  3. So I actually had to read that twice and triple-source it to be sure because it would appear Rex said something I agree with.

  4. Baker is Johnny Manziel minus the off field issues. Baker endorsed Kitchens as head coach without any kind of resume to be one. This is just an endless crap show.

  5. mogogo1 says:
    September 25, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    on some plays like the INT into the end zone at the end of the Rams game he does ZERO reads. That one was totally him just chucking it out there and hoping.
    He was running for his life at the time.

  6. I am no fan of Rex Ryan. But he pretty much nailed it on Baker Mayfield. Mayfield is another Johnny Manziel — over-hyped and not much talent.

  7. Rex is now on TV because he knows less about QB play and the offensive side of the ball than a HC should.Ask anyone who has ever coached for him on offense..

  8. “He has no idea what we are doing” (and neither does he based on his admitting that play calling is something he’s still learning….)

  9. I hate to say that, but right now Rex is right. That became obvius in the game against the Rams. Everytime BaKer couldnt get the ball fast to his first target the play was dead.

  10. Rarely do I agree with anything Rex Ryan says but after watching Mayfield stink it up against the Rams he may be right. If I was a Browns fan I wouldn’t be so quick to throw away those paper bags you used to wear to games, you might need them halfway thru the season.

  11. “He was running for his life at the time.”

    So what? It wasn’t 4th down. If nobody is open, you throw it into the stands and try again the next play. Running for your life does NOT mean you throw a prayer into a huge crowd.

  12. As for being a one-read guy, yeah but to be fair his line doesn’t give him much time. That said, he’s too quick to scramble at times, aggravating the situation. He needs to spend some film time looking at his own play.

  13. I watched my first browns game Sunday since the London game and Rex is right. Mayfield would take off and run right if his first read was covered. I was actually disappointed in his performance and maybe he needs to just shut up and work a little harder.

  14. Never been a Rex Ryan fan but I’m not sure he’s wrong on this one. I watched the Cleveland game and that’s exactly how Mayfield looked. Also, I would expect his coach to stick up for him so Freddie’s comments don’t surprise me.

  15. @losangelesbillsofbuffalo

    You’re aware Rex coached one of the best defenses of all time in terms of turnovers and points allowed from 2009-2011 with the Jets? his problem was never his scheme, but his loyalty to players and his emotional draft picks like Quinton Coples who he wanted to turn into an OLB to prove everyone wrong.

  16. The Minshew Mustache for Jacksonville has looked better, and he’s a 6th round pick not #1 overall like Mayfield. Hard to tell if it’s Mayfield’s fault though, Browns made a huge mistake not finding a LT and hiring a guy that was a RB coach last year as Head Coach. Mayfield and Freddie Kittens are in over their heads.

  17. This is an NFL QB who spends his days saying Mean Girls type stuff about a rising Junior QB at Texas. He is emotional and dramatic and good enough to use that to his advantage when playing Big 12 defenses.

  18. Ryan may be right on some of it,but to be fair, Mayfield’s O-line doesn’t give him time to make more than one read. Half of the time he’s running for his life.

  19. The only thing I’ll say in Baker’s defense is that his o-line is bad and he usually does not have time for more than one read.

  20. “He’s not wrong. Daniel Jones of the giants is a lot better”

    Let’s not start creating that bust for Jones just yet. He beat TB.

  21. Ryan has been known for putting a foot in his a mouth a time or two but I don’t think that’s the case here .

  22. Rex Ryan is a clown who will say anything to get attention. Not a Browns fan but Mayfield is the least of their problems.

  23. I’ve seen the progress Josh Allen has made and yes, he still has plenty to work on but he has the work ethic of wanting to be great. Does baker have that work ethic? Or has he had success so soon and often that he is complacent?

    Just an honest question.

  24. Baker looked just as good or better than Jones and Minshew after only two games. Wait until DCs have more tape on Jones and Minshew;they will look similar to what Baker does now.

  25. Mayfield is becoming an example of why bad lines make for poor development of QBs. He’s clearly got no confidence in his protection which hurts everything about his game. It takes some of his focus off finding receivers as he’s constantly looking to scramble even when protection hasn’t broken down.

  26. If Kitchens isn’t careful, he will be able to have an extended discussion on this point with his fellow espn analyst Ryan next season.

  27. Got to love a coach for having his player’s back. Considering the source, Kitchens should have ignored. Maybe a comeback suggesting Ryan must be taking a toe sucking break would have been better though.

  28. Rex Ryan was an overrated coach but he’s right about Mayfield. Another Browns draft mistake. Mayfield may turn out to be a serviceable QB but he will never be a franchise QB. He simply is not that good and should never have been drafted where he was. The Browns bought into there own hype and won’t be able to live up to it.

  29. Say what you want about Rex, one thing he knows is defense….and scouting QB is a major job of D coordinator…

  30. You may not like his bluster or coaching style, but Rex knows defense and can tell the jig is up in Baker the MVP…

  31. Heres a thought. If your o line cant pass protect, run the ball, do screens, anything till the o line figures it out. Bad play calling. Gonns get your QB killed.

  32. Rex Ryan IS RIGHT. Baker Mayfield is a one-read QB and the only reason he was successful in college is because he is/was mobile… Now in the NFL where the players are much faster he can’t do what he once did. The gig is up… You fooled a bunch of people.

  33. Where are all those people who were praising John Dorsey? Thought so…what would the Patriots do with all the talent they have? They wouldn’t let a blowhard coach, qb,& wr’s screw it up. Here’s to another 6-10 season.

  34. I know its fashionable to hate on Rex Ryan, but didnt he take the Jets to Conference Championship a couple of times. Thats more than most coaches have on their resume. How many times have the Jets been to the Playoffs since Rex Ryan left?

  35. Rex Ryan and Dan Orlovsky make me pine for the days of when the worst GM of all time Matt Millen would give us his expert knowledge of the NFL.

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