Steelers thought it was “stupid” of Freddie Kitchens to wear T-shirt

AP

The bad blood between the Steelers and Browns existed even before their Week 11 extracurricular activities. But after Freddie Kitchens publicly sported a “Pittsburgh Started It” T-shirt last week, there may be no going back on the bitterness of the rivalry.

“I know that our coach never would have done anything like that,” Steelers left guard Ramon Foster said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “Why throw gas? When you do something like that, you throw your players in harm’s way. He’s not on the field. You throw your players in harm’s way when you do stuff like that with a vengeance. And I hate that for them.”

Foster added he’s “glad coach T doesn’t do anything like that,” referring to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

Kitchens downplayed wearing a “Pittsburgh Started It” shirt while out to see “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” for his birthday Friday night.

The Steelers, though, saw it something as other than “just a T-shirt,” as Kitchens seemed to imply.

“I thought it was pretty stupid,” Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro said. “That’s a lot of bulletin-board material. I don’t know why you do that as a coach. I just don’t get that. Of course it’s going to motivate us. What are you thinking? It’s just not smart.”

On Sunday night, after the Steelers’ 20-13 victory, Pittsburgh Clothing Co. printed a T-shirt that read “Pittsburgh finished it,” Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan reports.

81 responses to “Steelers thought it was “stupid” of Freddie Kitchens to wear T-shirt

  1. Because it was stupid. It was then clueless and classless to wear it the Mr Rogers movie. Did he not understand the relationship Mr Rogers had with Pittsburgh, and the theme of the movie?

    But what was really, really dumb was defending wearing it.

    But what do you expect from him? Brilliance? Leadership? Integrity? I mean, this is a franchise where 7 wins and a handful of offseason moves adds up to success.

  2. Yeah, because wearing a T-Shirt is so much more worse than walking out on the field and getting in a way of a player who was running for a TD. Pretty funny that Pittsburgh of all teams has anything to say about another teams coach…lol I guess stepping out onto the field and getting in the way ISN’T putting players in harms way??

  3. The man the Browns are named after, Paul Brown, once cut a player for showing up to a team dinner with his shirt untucked. Now the Browns are coached by a low rent hillbilly who wears t-shirts insulting opposing teams. You guys owe Paul Brown better than that. A lot better.

  4. Coming Vikings fan:

    DeCastro, are you not motivated enough by the millions of dollars, the celebrity, the fan adoration, the love of the game, and the comradery of your teammates that it’s a TSHIRT that is going to make you win a game?

  5. So you’re saying it took a “t-shirt” to win. Couldn’t have won without a t-shirt huh?
    The series is 1-1 this year.

  6. It was media driven. The t-shirt was under a jacket. Just like Steeler players wearing Calvin t-shirts. Big deal.

  7. pittsburghdamned says:
    December 1, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Browns playoff hopes over, courtesy of the Duck.
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    Steelers’s super run over, thanks to Tomlin.

  8. what was more stupid was benching your starting safety for a “coach’s decision”.

    Devlin Hodges threw for 220 yards today. Think we missed Damarious Randall?

  9. agc99 says:
    December 1, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I’m sure all of Pittsburgh is hoping Cleveland keeps Kitchen for the next 20 years.

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    I am sure all of the AFC teams are hoping the Steeler’s keep Tomlin permanently.

  10. exinsidetrader says:
    December 1, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Let’s just agree that both Kitchens and Tomlin are poor coaches and leave it at that.

    Freddie is, Mike isn’t. They are 7-5 you know that right?

  11. Brownsweregoodinthe80s says:
    December 1, 2019 at 7:27 pm
    what was more stupid was benching your starting safety for a “coach’s decision”.

    Devlin Hodges threw for 220 yards today. Think we missed Damarious Randall?

    +++++++++++++++

    I take it back. Just read that it was because Randall “decided to skip a practice this week.” If so, Freddie had no choice, and Randall should be benched the rest of the year and then cut. Skip a practice during Steelers week? SMDH

  12. The Browns are 95-224-1 for a .424 winning percentage with 1 playoff appearance since re-entering the NFL 20yrs ago in 1999 and went 3 seasons with just 4 wins in 48 games, I don’t think the Browns or their fans have any room to talk trash to any team, NOT A ONE!!!

  13. Jerry Jones when asked what he was thankful for this Thanksgiving.

    “At least Freddie Kitchens isn’t the head coach of the Cowboys”

  14. edon8334 says:
    December 1, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    exinsidetrader says:
    December 1, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Let’s just agree that both Kitchens and Tomlin are poor coaches and leave it at that.

    Freddie is, Mike isn’t. They are 7-5 you know that right?

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    Tell me about all of these great Steeler playoff wins in the last 10 years?

  15. It’s easy to pile on Freddie this season, but nobody could win consistently with that trash offensive line and that’s on Dorsey. Both tackles are garbage and at one point Baker was sacked by his own guard.

    The Zeitler-for-Vernon has turned out to be a pretty crappy trade for Cleveland

  16. killerkowal says:
    December 1, 2019 at 7:52 pm
    How many years since the last Steeler Super Bowl Win?

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    11 years. Which is still better then more then half the league. I guess we could be like the Browns and not even been close to the Playoffs for almost 20 years. And we’ve been in the hunt for half this decade, which is once again better then half the league.

  17. Interesting that Pittsburgh player said Kitchens put his players “in harms way” by wearing a T-shirt. We need to stop being double minded about this thing. We laud the “nasty” AFC North, say these teams “don’t like each other” and call it “smash mouth football”. Then act surprised when this stuff happens. If you want to stop fighting, suspend everyone involved for a minimum of 4 games. It will stop fast. Meanwhile neither team is relevant anyway.

  18. rankster1950 says:
    December 1, 2019 at 7:15 pm
    Tomlin tapped his foot on the field for a split second. The runner was in no danger of being tripped. Think a lot of haters on here have dementia.
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    His WHOLE body was on the field… lol Nice try, though….

  19. rankster1950 says:
    December 1, 2019 at 7:15 pm
    Tomlin tapped his foot on the field for a split second. The runner was in no danger of being tripped. Think a lot of haters on here have dementia.

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    He was 5 yards on to the field and STANDING THERE for the return. Nice try to reimagine history.

  20. As a life-long Browns fan, I’m of course disappointed they lost today, but I’m also disappointed with Freddie for needlessly pouring gas on the situation and giving the Steelers added incentive, as if they needed it.

  21. 5 yards from the sideline, rather. He wasn’t supposed to be on the white area at all, had a foot on the field watching the return on the video. The guy had to shift right to avoid him.

  22. fishfan77 says:
    December 1, 2019 at 8:02 pm
    rankster1950 says:
    December 1, 2019 at 7:15 pm
    Tomlin tapped his foot on the field for a split second. The runner was in no danger of being tripped. Think a lot of haters on here have dementia.
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    His WHOLE body was on the field… lol Nice try, though….

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    Lol, I hope you don’t have a drivers license because you are blind. His WHOLE body was on the white chalk, and Jacoby Jones had about 6-7 yards between him and Tomlin, also had and 5-7 yards between him and the two Steelers chasing him, why did Jacoby keep running straight to Tomlin, he could’ve avoided Tomlin, who by the way had his BACK to the play. Lol. Move on, Tomlin is 64-32-1 since the incident.

  23. “I don’t really have a comment on that,” Mayfield said. “It’s just a T-shirt. I’ve done much worse.”
    No comments except for the two you made, which are very telling about your mindset. There is a pattern of idiocy on this team: Garrett, Kitchens, and now, Mayfield. How far will it go?

  24. People clearly don’t like Tomlin. They say he’s a bad coach…..if you are what your record says you are…Tomlin is a good coach!!! Why wouldn’t a team want a WINNING coach like Tomlin? And he’s doing it with 3rd stringers at QB and after losing his star RB & WR. Chile Please!!

  25. 6burgh says:
    December 1, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    killerkowal says:
    December 1, 2019 at 7:52 pm
    How many years since the last Steeler Super Bowl Win?

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    11 years. Which is still better then more then half the league. I guess we could be like the Browns and not even been close to the Playoffs for almost 20 years. And we’ve been in the hunt for half this decade, which is once again better then half the league.

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    The Penguins have had more Stanley cups since 2009 than the Steelers (Super Bowls) and Pirates (World Series) since 1980. The city of champions has turned into the city of chumps.

  26. I guess the preseason super bowl winners are pretty much toast. Everyone should know by now, having a bunch of superstar players doesn’t make you a great team. IF, and it’s a big IF, the Steelers make it, they have overachieved in my book considering they lost Ben early on, and have had a myriad of injuries to key players on both sides of the ball. I really did not expect them to even be in playoff contention at this point.

  27. rankster1950 says:
    December 1, 2019 at 7:15 pm
    Tomlin tapped his foot on the field for a split second. The runner was in no danger of being tripped. Think a lot of haters on here have dementia.
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    Come on man. Look as a Ravens fan, I respect the hell out of the Steelers organization and think it’s amazing what Tomlin and that coaching staff is doing when most games they step on the field, they’re not the most talented offensively. I also agree that it was classless for Kitchens to pull a bush league move like that, and quite ignorant when you need this win to stay alive. However, there’s no justification for what Tomlin did in that game against the Ravens. It wasn’t about whether he was in danger of being tripped. It was the fact that he forced Jacobi to change direction which allowed the defender to get the angle on him. There was no way he was catching Jacobi without Tomlin’s assistance. Look, the Ravens were up 13 – 0 in the 3rd Qtr, Pitt had just scored to make it 13 – 7, they kick it off and Jacobi’s getting ready to bust one. I think Tomlin and the competitor he is got the best of him. How he was feeling came out in his actions. Nobody’s ever bought the story that he wasn’t aware of where he was on the field, and the way he tried to “get out of the way” as he put it didn’t even look natural.

  28. killerkowal says:
    December 1, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    edon8334 says:
    December 1, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    exinsidetrader says:
    December 1, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Let’s just agree that both Kitchens and Tomlin are poor coaches and leave it at that.

    Freddie is, Mike isn’t. They are 7-5 you know that right?

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    Tell me about all of these great Steeler playoff wins in the last 10 years?

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    Tell me how many times he’s missed the playoffs?

  29. Meanwhile, the rest of the world thinks it’s stupid that Mason Rudolph grabbed Garrett’s helmet, kicked him in the groin and God knows what else.

  30. By the comments many Brown fans are hunting for words to justify Kitchens more concern for petty antics than being the head coach

  31. @maukey

    As a Steeler fan, I agree with you. It was a moment that, even though it was quite a few years ago, Tomlin will never live down, as evidenced by the comments here. I also have a lot of respect for the Ravens’ organization, and most always there are great games played between the two clubs. IMO, the Ravens are, at the moment, the team to beat in the AFC.

  32. They are making a bigger deal out of it than it really is. Pittsburgh had a better game plan and executed. Shirt or no shirt.

  33. killerkowal says:
    December 1, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    edon8334 says:
    December 1, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    exinsidetrader says:
    December 1, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Let’s just agree that both Kitchens and Tomlin are poor coaches and leave it at that.

    Freddie is, Mike isn’t. They are 7-5 you know that right?

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    Tell me about all of these great Steeler playoff wins in the last 10 years?

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    Tell me how many times he’s missed the playoffs?

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    3 playoff wins since the 2010 season. I’m impressed. NOT

  34. @killerkowal

    I was very impressed with the Browns winning 4 games over the span of 3 years, especially with an 0-16 thrown in there. That is almost as hard to do as making the playoffs. SMH

  35. Larry the Cable Guy is the Head Coach who dons the shirt to motivate the other team! Yes, the Head Coach. Cleveland fans will be frustrated for a long time if this hillbilly keeps his job. I’ve already ordered my “Pittsburgh Ended It” t-shirt.

  36. How many years ago was this obstructing incedent?? Isn’t about time to move on?

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