Freddie Kitchens: I don’t care about my future as Browns coach

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The Browns got pasted by the Cardinals in Arizona on Sunday to fall to 6-8 in a season that’s been a disappointment across the board.

Among the disappointing developments has been how Freddie Kitchens has done in his first season as the team’s head coach. The team’s losing record has been accompanied by a lack of discipline on the field and a parade of off-field issues that have blown up over the course of the season.

That’s led to speculation that Kitchens could be done after one year in Cleveland. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported before Sunday’s game that Kitchens would return “barring a horrific collapse or circumstance” over the final weeks of the season. It’s not clear if losing 38-24 to a 3-9-1 Cardinals squad qualifies, but Kitchens wasn’t talking his future in any event.

“I don’t care about my future as Browns coach,” Kitchens said, via Cleveland.com. “I’m going to show up Monday, and I’m going to do the best job I can do Monday. And that’s tomorrow. That’s the only thing I can control.”

The Browns close out the season against the Ravens and Bengals. They’ve beaten both of those teams already this season and pulling off sweeps would be a mark in favor of Kitchens’s return for a second season in Cleveland. If they come out as flat as they did in Arizona, however, it will be interesting to see what happens once Week 17 comes to an end.

45 responses to “Freddie Kitchens: I don’t care about my future as Browns coach

  1. what a terrible choice of words. i think he would be a good head coach, at some point. A little more seasoning as an OC, and ddefinitely not this situation where expectations are sky high, and the personalities are so strong.

  2. It’s a dumb question to ask.

    Who is actually going to admit they are ‘worried’ or even ‘concerned’? Absolutely no one, ever. They’d look stupid “and things like that” to quote coach speak from Coughlin and Carroll.

  3. Per an earlier post, I was REALLY hoping to start my morning with “CLEVELAND FIRES FREDDIE KITCHENS” but I suppose I can wait. Just reading this post gives me hope. Everyone needs hope.

  4. Poor choice of words me thinks.

    I assume he means he’s not concerned about speculation regarding his future, he’s working day to day, trying to do the best he can.

    However, that’s not what he said. I can see him getting ripped on this one.

  5. Could he just #@!%ing get the plays called in on time and remove that stupid trick play that loses 8 yards in every game. It is the simple things Freddie.

  6. Freddie Kitchens did not ask to be made HC. Baker Mayfield did. They deserve each other while Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen thrive in an environment that has some accountability and culture. Good job Browns Front Office taking direction from overrated players I stead of the other way around.

  7. I’ve been pulling for the Browns and I’m still a fan of Mike McCarthy, even though his run in Green Bay had to come to an end, so…

    As an aside, McCarthy and Mike Holmgren were the only two coaches that were ever able to “corral” Brett Favre; and, McCarthy completely overhauled Aaron Rodgers’ mechanics to bring out Rodgers’ best. I believe McCarthy could do a lot for Baker Mayfield.

  8. Please get rid of this clown, and take Dorsey with him. I want my Browns back. Baker looks awful, he locks onto his first read (Landry), holds the ball forever, and his delivery gets slower and slower. Damn Byron Leftwich looked fast compared to Baker this season. OBJ is gone, was gone, will be gone, dude was never here. What the hell was Dorsey thinking, assembling a team to win now, then hiring Freddie as HC? Dude couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag, and Dorsey has missed on just as many draft pics as every single idiot before him. This organization is a joke, top down.

  9. I remember people saying they keep the wrong coach last yr does anyone remember who the other coach might have been

  10. rohanz2000 says:
    December 16, 2019 at 8:08 am
    Freddie Kitchens did not ask to be made HC. Baker Mayfield did. They deserve each other while Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen thrive in an environment that has some accountability and culture. Good job Browns Front Office taking direction from overrated players I stead of the other way around.

    Umm, Yo bro, pretty sure that Freddie DID ask to be head coach, especially when he went through the whole interview process for the open head coach position.

  11. I remember people saying they keep the wrong coach last yr does anyone remember who the other coach might have been

    Greg Williams

  12. Honestly, if he can sweep the Ravens for the first time in franchise history, I say only demote him to OC or RB’s coach. If he loses out then give him the boot.

  13. Don’t hold that blowout loss coming against the Ravens on him. There is nothing he can do to stop it.

    Just like the walloping we gave you in week 4? Imagine losing at home to Freddy Kitchens. Ouch.

  14. Greg Swaney says:
    December 16, 2019 at 8:06 am
    This is media turning the narrative

    _________________________

    It’s a quote. Can’t spin a direct quote.

  15. Check over the whole year and he’s NEVER said the right thing at the right time. Guys were undisciplined all the way back in camp and he made light of it. His best defensive player went insane and got himself indefinitely suspended and Freddie broke out a funny shirt. Now, he “doesn’t care” if he remains the coach. They need to give him what he’s asking for and send him on his way.

  16. None of these coaches, college or pro and regardless of sport, ever seem to care or think much about their personal job security. I wonder how many people on the outside are stupid enough to believe that.

  17. Only NFL Team With 0 Playoff Wins says:
    December 16, 2019 at 8:49 am
    Don’t hold that blowout loss coming against the Ravens on him. There is nothing he can do to stop it.

    Just like the walloping we gave you in week 4? Imagine losing at home to Freddy Kitchens. Ouch.

    I’ve never liked the matchup with the Browns because they have skill players at each level on their team except their OL.
    WRs: Check
    HBs: Double Check
    TEs: Check
    QB: Meh
    DL: Check
    LB: meh
    DB: Check

    They absolutely should be better than their record and its all on coaching. The week 4 loss helped the Ravens so much more than people realize. That loss made Eric DeCosta take a hard look at the team and aggressively address the defense which let up 500+ yards to KC and Cleveland in back to back weeks. Since then, the Ravens defense has new starters in Bynes, Fort, JiHad Ward, Marcus Peters, Jimmy Smith (missed week 4 with injury). That loss was the best thing to happen to Baltimore all year. They won’t let a team put 40 on them again, and the Browns NEED to attack the Ravens with Chubb, and so far they’ve shown no ability to even attempt to run their offense through Chubb.

    The Browns could beat the Ravens again. Absolutely. They have a STACKED roster. Will they? Probably not. And thats on coaching. That is entirely on Kitchens being outcoached by Harbaugh (and Kingsbury!!).

  18. Both the coach and GM should be fired. kitchens is terrible and gm set this team back years by not hiring williams. bringing in cancer beckham was the cherry on top.

  19. It’s a good thing because he has no future as coach. I’m shocked the Browns haven’t fired him yet. It was pretty obvious early in the year he was in way over his head. Week after week he continues to prove that.

  20. Hiring a brand new HC, it’s expected to have some challenges. I’ll say this, Dorsey MUST improve this OL..the interior is fine, but the tackles are laughably insufficient. NO quarterback can thrive getting pressured every other pass play. Once the OL is upgraded, the offense should be able to execute better. As far as yesterday is concerned, it’s all on the players. Lack-luster, lethargic effort will get you beat every time…even against a 3 win team.

  21. He will be fine, just need to get a different defensive coordinator. Not going to win many in this league if your defense gives up 38 points to a team like the Cardinals.

  22. Both the coach and GM should be fired. kitchens is terrible and gm set this team back years by not hiring williams. bringing in cancer beckham was the cherry on top.

    John Dorcy (gm for those who didn’t know) should not be fired for completely rebuilding this roster and filling it with talent. Do you even know how bad this roster was 2 years ago?

  23. Whoever is vetting coaching candidates for the Browns should be immediately fired…especially if that’s Jimmy Haslam. They’ve proven that they have NO CLUE what traits a head coach should have. I’d rather they hire a head coach from the College ranks than these NFL coordinators without head coaching experience. Being the guy in charge takes experience that is very different than just calling the plays. He should be able to fire a coordinator mid-season if he’s not getting the results he’s expecting. This guy is sitting back and letting things fall into his lap instead of proactively trying to do everything possible to make this a better team. He needs to fire himself as play caller.

  24. You build your OL *before* you hit the free agent skill position market. Browns went about the current rebuild backwards. No real surprise there.

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