The Cleveland Browns, picked by many to win the AFC North, are easily the most disappointing team in the league this year. After an ugly loss to Denver on Sunday, they now have a 2-6 record and little hope of reaching the playoffs.
What’s more, quarterback Baker Mayfield has seemingly regressed. Mayfield, in his rookie season, looked like a future star. This year, he’s had trouble putting together any kind of consistency on the field.
In the aftermath of Sunday’s loss, which featured a number of questionable decisions, head coach Freddie Kitchens is under fire. Some are even wondering if he’s going to survive the week as the team’s head coach.
Via May Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, Kitchens was asked about his job security after the game. He gave a generic answer:
“It really doesn’t concern me,’’ he said. “It’s not my decision. I’ve never worried about it before, I’m not worried about it now, I’m not going to worry about it in the future. I’ll just do the best job I can do.”
Kitchens is right – the decision isn’t up to him. But he’s going to start winning games if he wants to remove the worry.
Cleveland’s schedule gets a little easier the second half of the season, but the Browns have dug themselves such a big hole it may not matter. They’d likely have to finish 7-1 down the stretch to even have a shot at making the playoffs.