The Pittsburgh Steelers got the last laugh against the Cleveland Browns in the rematch of their controversial Thursday Night Football meeting a few weeks back. But that 20-13 victory over the Browns at Heinz Field came after a fair amount of off-the-field trash talk and poignant wardrobe choices.
One of the biggest controversies was Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens wearing a “Pittsburgh started it” t-shirt – in reference to the Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph fight that erupted on TNF.
After the game, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was asked to comment on Kitchens’ shirt choice.
Mayfield replied that while he didn’t have much of a comment on it, he didn’t begrudge his head coach for wearing a shirt. He also reminded everyone that he’s “done much worse.”
“Don’t really have a comment on that. It’s just a t-shirt. I’ve done much worse.”
#Browns QB Baker Mayfield on Freddie Kitchens wearing a “Pittsburgh started it” t-shirt: “Don’t really have a comment on that. It’s just a t-shirt. I’ve done much worse.”
— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) December 1, 2019
Kitchens told reporters that he wore the shirt because his daughter got it for him. He didn’t think anything of it.
Kitchens' daughters gave him the shirt "as a joke." Do you think he should have worn it? https://t.co/cA7iWFwMXB
— News 5 Cleveland (@WEWS) November 30, 2019
But now that the Pittsburgh Steelers saga is over, the Cleveland Browns have to focus on their on-field struggles. And those struggles have been immense.
The Browns are now 5-7 – two games behind the Steelers in the wildcard race with only four games to go.
Winning any games, let alone the four they’ll likely need to make the playoffs, is going to be pretty tough.