Todd Haley: Myles Garrett’s behavior falls on Freddie Kitchens

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Last year, Todd Haley was replaced mid-season as Browns offensive coordinator by Freddie Kitchens. This year, Kitchens is taking some criticism from Haley.

Haley said today on SiriusXM NFL Radio that Kitchens deserves scrutiny for the way his player, Myles Garrett, acted at the end of Thursday night’s game.

“This to me, this comes back to coaching,” Haley said. “This falls squarely right on the head coach. Because the head coach talks to every assistant coach, who then talk to their group of players. And there’s an old saying in coaching: ‘You’re either coaching it or you’re allowing it to happen.’”

Haley noted that Garrett has had multiple fines this season for personal fouls, and also pointed out that Odell Beckham has twice been forced to change out of unapproved equipment, once his shoes and once his tinted visor.

“If you’re not coaching it you’re allowing it to happen, and when I watch the Cleveland Browns I see a lot of stuff being allowed to happen, whether it’s clown shoes, visors, whatever it may be,” Haley said. “Myles Garrett hitting the quarterback low, hitting the quarterback in the head, it’s happening too much. It’s not just a fluke.”

Haley may have sour grapes toward Kitchens as the man who took his job last year, but that doesn’t mean he’s wrong: The Browns have been an undisciplined team, and Kitchens deserves the criticism he’s taking for that.

74 responses to “Todd Haley: Myles Garrett’s behavior falls on Freddie Kitchens

  1. Right or wrong, Haley is the wrong messenger. And IF he’s right (big if) then his being the messenger makes the point less valid. Haley should shut up, but that would mean Haley isn’t Haley, he just doing what he do.

  2. Looking at the skill players that went down and the fact a Brown was already tossed, I wouldn’t be so quick to discount a little influence hangover form Gregg Williams.

  3. Yeah, it does. Freddie Kitchens is allowing it. He ought to be fired for not having control of his team. What he is allowing is embarassing to the team and the NFL.

  4. Wow. Let’s get a totally bias comment from the unemployed flop who has a giant axe to grind with the Browns’ organization! Good move.

  5. I mean, is he really wrong? It’s not like the Browns have looked disciplined at any point this season. Who was shocked to see this?

  6. STOP THIS It wasn’t a big deal. Guy got into a fight on the field. Not the coaches fault on either side. 2-4 players that’s it. And all this bs about disrespecting or backing up my guy. If he is dumb enough to throw down or tustle with a big DE then he needs to be able to handle his own crap. Don’t mess with the bull if you don’t want the horns.

  7. Freddie is OK with anything that does not hurt the team. Some prominent players on the team he coaches don’t know the boundries…

  8. Freddie Kittens is utterly and totally incompetent as an NFL head coach. This is what happens when instead of doing a proper, professional search, you allow your 5 year old trapped in a man’s body QB to choose the HC.

    Browns remain nothing but a scam to remove as much money as possible while delivering an awful product on field.

  9. I agree. Kitchen’s team is undisciplined. Would anyone expect this kind of behavior from the New England Patriots?

  10. You know there was a guy when I was growing up named Walter Cronkite that reported on the news, he just read the news and never once did he offer his opinion or tell us what we should think, he let us make up our own mind, WOW how the media has changed!

  11. First of all, take what Haley says with a grain of salt because he surely has an axe to grind. However, I do agree with some of what he says. The Browns are thoroughly undisciplined and Kitchens is to blame for that. Garrett has had numerous personal fouls and what do you think Belichick would have done? He’d have chewed Garrett’s butt six ways from Sunday. As far as the shoes, Freddy said he didn’t notice them. He’s either lying or stupid. It would have been impossible not to notice them. Last night’s game sums up the Browns’ season in one word–undisciplined. Kitchens will be looking for a job before the season is over.

  12. It does he’s had a ton of late hits, the whole team has been undisciplined all year. That was an ugly ending to a game and I hope we never see that again.

  13. OJ Simpson and James Harrison also have given opinions about this. Like Haley they are also people that have no right to talk about anyones integrity right or wrong.

  14. vikinganswer says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:23 pm
    STOP THIS It wasn’t a big deal. Guy got into a fight on the field. Not the coaches fault on either side. 2-4 players that’s it. And all this bs about disrespecting or backing up my guy. If he is dumb enough to throw down or tustle with a big DE then he needs to be able to handle his own crap. Don’t mess with the bull if you don’t want the horns.
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    Like a BIG TOUGH GUY needs to use a helmet as a weapon. Get real!!!!!!

  15. “tussle with a big DE then he needs to be able to handle his own crap. Don’t mess with the bull if you don’t want the horns”.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@222

    Really? your “big DE” in this story, cant go into a fight without a weapon? He seems pretty tough.

  16. It falls on Rudolph. Keep your hands to yourself and let the referees throw flags and let the NFL issue fines. It wasn’t even that egregious of a play to begin with. He just threw a fit because he threw four interceptions and any hopes of becoming a franchise quarterback away. Rudolph got everything he deserved except a suspension.

  17. Todd Haley: Myles Garrett’s behavior falls on Freddie Kitchens

    Haley runs his own commentary on recent events as well as he does his coaching ability. Not very well. Myles is a grown man. This is his responsibility and his alone. Unless you could prove that his coach told him to do it but even then he could choose not to listen. So yea all on Myles not Freddie.

  18. It is both.

    Garrett primarily, but also the immaturity and environment he is establishing letting the players rule the roost.

    Anyone with half a brain can see the implosion coming a mile away.

  19. Who cares who said what. Fact is the Browns have underperformed and have been undisciplined. Stop making it about the messenger and keep it on the message. HC Kitchens is in over his head and is GM Dorsey biggest disappointment to date.

  20. It falls on the coach if he continues to let the players do as they please kitchens is walking that tight rope as we speak.

  21. riverhorsey says:
    November 15, 2019 at 1:31 pm
    Responsibility for the players on field behavior always falls on the coach. No if’s or and’s or but’s it’s always on the coach, period.
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    Really. Last I looked Garret was a grown man not some little kid. What if Rudolph was really hurt and decided to press charges against Garret? What are you going to do charge Kitchens as an accomplice or an accessory? maybe aiding and abetting a crime? It’s just the same old story with coddled athletes. “Don’t worry son, it’s not your fault. It’s your coaches fault because he forgot to tell you that hitting another man in the head with a helmet is a bad thing” Bull.

  22. Obviously, Haley is still unemployed and continues to carry a grudge over not being named the Browns headcoach. Hopefully, somebody will look beyond Haley’s personality and hire him so he will stop blaming others for his firing.

  23. Gregg Williams’s fingerprints are all over this behavior, including the two illegal headshots last night that took out two Pittsburgh receivers. Bountygate stuff.

  24. Browns players were targeting Steelers players all night,there were more vicious helmet to helmet hits than you normally see in a week,there should be an investigation into the entire organisation,it’s like the Saints all over agsin

  25. I’ve watched a ton of pro football since 1952. Cannot believe what I saw last night. Not only a guy swinging a players helmet at the player but #53 of the Steelers kicking Garrett in the head while he was pinned to the ground. Reminds me of growing up in Philadelphia. Sorry Philly.

  26. bigbluplates says:
    November 15, 2019 at 4:13 pm
    why are the steelers throwing the ball with 8 seconds?

    ********************************************************************

    How dare they — the nerve. Better go grab one of their helmets and bash them in the head for it.

  27. The best thing I’ve heard in recent history (in reference to Kitchens) was a few weeks back when someone said “who let one of the fans from the Dawg Pound becomes head coach?” That about sums it up!

  28. Steve Cunningham says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    You know there was a guy when I was growing up named Walter Cronkite that reported on the news, he just read the news and never once did he offer his opinion or tell us what we should think

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    You mean the Walter Cronkite of Operation Mockingbird?

  29. I am a Browns fan, and I am absolutely not a fan of Freddie as HC. I loathe what Myles Garrett did last night. But it was he who did it. Haley – who is also not my favorite person – sounds like the 90s when people did bad things despite have great parents. Sorry, I live in world of personal responsibility. Kitchens isn’t his dad or babysitter.

  30. Todd Haley just needs to sthu. Couldn’t stand the guy with Arizona, couldn’t stand him with Pittsburgh, and couldn’t stand him with Cleveland. His attitude’s been a cancer everywhere he’s gone and obviously still is.

  31. I can understand Management having bad opinion on this ! Yet i cant understand why no one seems to see Rudolphs actions ! I can say his actuons were bad attempting to kick Garrett in the grion and rip off Garrets helmet with his head in it ! But no other action speaks as piss poor as Baker Mayfields ! For someone who continues to pass judgement on others (NY Jets Darnold) Mayfields hasnt gotten a call right ! Instead of worrying constantly about others (Now cutting his team mates throat.) Maybe he should pass judgement on why his team wont make the playoff and why he plays so piss poor !!! Look in the mirror Tom Brady wanna be !

  32. @Steve Cunningham says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:50 pm
    You know there was a guy when I was growing up named Walter Cronkite that reported on the news, he just read the news and never once did he offer his opinion or tell us what we should think, he let us make up our own mind, WOW how the media has changed!
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    I also watched Cronkite AND Huntley & Brinkley almost every night at dinner (Parents watched the news). Cronkite offered his opinion more than once…the most important time was when he said the war in Vietnam could not be won and our troops should return home.

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