Freddie Kitchens isn’t feeling significant head coaching learning curve

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The Browns seemed to find the right footing in Week Four’s win over the Ravens, but they got blown out by the 49ers on Monday night to fall to 2-3 on the season.

A 28-point loss creates a lot of questions about the fitness of a team and gaining 180 yards on offense while turning the ball over three times means many of those questions will be focused on that unit. With head coach Freddie Kitchens calling the offensive plays, he’s the one that people will look to for answers to those questions.

One of the questions that Kitchens faced during a Tuesday conference call was whether he’s experiencing a significant learning curve in his first year as an NFL head coach.

“No, I would not say that at all. I would not say that at all,” Kitchens said. “I think you get into the situation, it is about the result and the narrative changes from the different results that you have. Of course, that can be the narrative. That is the easy thing to say. Just look at the tape.”

Kitchens is right about results changing the narrative surrounding a team and a coach. The narrative changed significantly between Weeks Four and Five because of the team’s wildly different results and continued inconsistency like that will only feed the notion that Kitchens still has a lot to learn about how to prepare his team on a weekly basis.

28 responses to “Freddie Kitchens isn’t feeling significant head coaching learning curve

  1. I’m sure he knows others besides Rex will understand his QB is pure hype, too short, too slow, inaccurate under pressure and batted down balls are what’s in the future….none of which are Freddie’s fault.

    But, as with all Cleveland sports, they will fire him because that’s how we keep the Browns “Brownin”….

  2. Still don’t understand this hire.
    For 11 years he worked for the Cards from 2007 to 2017. He coached tight ends, quarterbacks, and running backs.

    Not once during those years was there ever the slightest sense that anyone else around the league was interested in the guy. Not once was there any word of anyone trying to poach him. Why would they, he was as undistinguished as they come.

    So how that morphs into a head coaching gig makes less sense than hiring a losing college football coach to head up your pro team. A lot less sense…

  3. The narrative might have changed for some (or many) in Weeks 4 and 5 .. but the people that have been saying the Browns are in over their head and that Lamar Jackson was more like weeks 3 and 4 than weeks 1 and 2, the Cleveland narrative has never changed. I do believe Kitchens is likely in over his head. The Browns have a soft schedule to end the season, the narrative may (probably) change back to, hey the Browns are good, but quality opponent matters and the Browns will still have only shown that they can win against the low and mid level teams, but they are light years behind the contenders.

  4. Great…each game altering mistakes made by the rookie head coach are no big deal? Throwing the ball to a guy at the goalline who just came off a drug suspension vs the 2 pro bowl caliber WRs was not an rookie coach mistake?

  5. Browns have played 5 games. Two blow out losses, two blow out wins and one close loss full of head scratching play calls like they were trying to lose.

    Hiring Freddie Kitchens as head coach of this team was like buying the worlds fastest race car and watching it lose half it’s races because you hired a 15 year old with a learners permit to drive it. Baker Mayfield is far from overrated but if Kitchens doesn’t get his act together he will be the next Andrew Luck retiring out of frustration as a result of his career being cursed with horrible team management.

    Unfortunately I fear it won’t be addressed because just like the Colts last year the Browns have a cake schedule for the second half of the season and everyone will pretend they’re “fixed” because they’ll win 8 straight against teams vying for the #1 pick in the draft.

  6. As usual the Browns did the wrong thing: instead of sticking with the coach who turned their team around (Gregg Williams), they dumped him for the shiny new offensive “genius”.

    It was a classic Browns move.

  7. This isn’t the first time the media went fishing with this line (are you in over your head?) and he deflected it then too. If they ask again I think the gloves might come off of the Bama scrapper and it will be the last time anyone asks such a stupid question with some fireworks.

  8. “As usual the Browns did the wrong thing: instead of sticking with the coach who turned their team around (Gregg Williams), they dumped him for the shiny new offensive “genius”.”

    Williams was not the answer. No one was breaking down the door to interview him for a HC gig. He was lucky to land in NY as DC. But Freddie? It seems the inmates are running the prison…Gotta be tougher on the players, Freddie…

  9. I was really surprised that Kitchens was hire as head coach. If they were going to hire from within, Williams was the better choice.
    Baker sucks this year! He should be benched until after the bye week, they aren’t going to beat Seattle or New England anyway. By benching Baker, we will see what we have in Gilbert plus humble Mayfield. Maybe this would make him a better quarterback in the long run!

  10. Same exact hubris and ego that plaques the Browns QB. Any young first year head coach would be on a learning curve and the smart ones know they need to admit it to get better. I remember Andy Reid constantly saying, I need to do a better job on that front . . . the translation “I need to climb that learning curve”. Basically Kitchen’s is stating that he knows everything he needs to be a head coach – OH BOY IS THAT A BAD ATTITUDE!

  11. He should stop calling plays and focus solely on being the head coach. The team is talented but young, makes ton of mistakes, and like on MNF often looks unprepared. That’s on coaching.

  12. Glorydays says:
    October 9, 2019 at 8:55 am
    This team would win a SB with Belichick…

    This is downright hilarious.
    BB wouldn’t touch this roster of overhyped, talentless bums with a ten foot pole..

  13. I wish I could say that I have some confidence that Freddie Kitchens would learn from his experiences and become a good coach, but every he opens his mouth it’s to tell someone else off, seemingly.

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