Freddie Kitchens sees plenty of factors in Baker Mayfield’s subpar performance

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On the night of #HandshakeGate, the performance of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield caused plenty of handwringing for fans of the team. So what caused him to complete eight of 22 passes for 100 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions?

“I think there is a lot that goes into that whenever you start talking about that,” coach Freddie Kitchens told reporters on Tuesday. “Some of it has to do with the lack of protection. Some if it had to do with a couple bad throws, a couple bad decisions. Overall, we had some drops. You can’t do those things and play the quarterback position at an elite level. If you just want the honest answer, you have to have consistency around you, you have to be consistent yourself and none of that happened last night.”

Then there’s the question of whether and to what extent Mayfield’s performance was diminished by the motivation he provides via his real or fabricated actions and words.

“I think different people find motivation from different things,” Kitchens said. “I think ultimately it is what we do on the field not off the field in that type of setting that matters. Ultimately, we go to the game with the plan, and if we execute the plan, we are usually successful. If it is a good plan and we execute it, we are usually successful with it. It has nothing to do with things off the field like that. It is all about how you play the game.”

But it’s also about how the opponent plays the game. And if there’s something that gets the opponent more focused and determined to do their jobs, it’s harder to do your own job.

That’s why teams try to avoid giving opponents bulletin board material. It potentially works. Everything potentially works, real or imagined.

It definitely seemed to work for the 49ers last night. They found a way to get themselves even more fired up by something Mayfield didn’t even do, which definitely worked to the detriment of Mayfield and the Browns.

17 responses to “Freddie Kitchens sees plenty of factors in Baker Mayfield’s subpar performance

  1. This coach is over his head, try giving your best player Chubb the ball and get the run game going, then try and get the play action going from there. Reverse to start the game, what a joke.

  2. Kitchens has lots of mirrors around his house so he has little choice but to see plenty of factors negatively impacting Mayfield.

  3. It has been a strange start to this NFL season but at least we can count on the Browns being the Browns. How clueless was the NFL to schedule them for 4 prime time games. Must have been reading the Cleveland area newspapers too where they were guaranteed to win the SB this year b/c talent. Takes more than talent to win.

  4. #HandshakeGate
    ______________________

    Why does the media always feel the need to give everything a cutesy little name!

    And why is it always ______gate, can’t think of anything original?

    Baker refused to shake someones hand, I’m sure he’s not the first player and he won’t be the last. Just take it for what it is, Baker’s a jerk especially when he’s not winning, plain and simple!

  5. Blame the coach and get him fired. That’s Cleveland football.
    Maybe your players aren’t as good as you think they are.
    I would start with the bust at QB and work from there.

  6. Several Factors. Too short. Too slow. Not very smart. Loose with the ball. Throws into coverage. Thinks reading the defense is recognizing uniform numbers.

  7. There is the problem of game planning too. The offense started with a trick pass play, and it sent the signal to the opposition that we don’t think we can beat you by blocking, running and passing from the pocket. They did not run the ball that often, unlike Indianapolis’ game plan that worked against the KC Chiefs.

  8. Factor #1 – Freddie Kitchens is in over his head
    Factor #2 – Baker Mayfield is vastly over-rated
    Factor #3 – It’s the Browns

  9. trubroncfan07 says:

    October 8, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    This coach is over his head, try giving your best player Chubb the ball and get the run game going, then try and get the play action going from there. Reverse to start the game, what a joke.

    Chubb is a good RB don’t get wrong, but if he doesn’t rip off a big run per game his stats are just average

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