Lost in the midst of the Browns’ performance against the Patriots was that Freddie Kitchens made an inexcusable mistake in the fourth quarter.
There’s no denying that New England had full control of today’s game against Cleveland, but it didn’t help that Kitchens mismanaged his offense yet again.
During the fourth quarter of action, Kitchens made his special teams have a false start on fourth down so he could get his offense back on the field without wasting a timeout. On the very next play, Baker Mayfield was sacked for a turnover on downs.
Kitchens is receiving heat on social media for that strategy.
So false start in 4th & 11, with punt unit, Freddie pulls them puts offense out for 4th & 16. Baker sacked. Nathan Zegura just reported, #Browns deliberately false started so the offense could return to the field because Kitchens didn't want to burn final timeout. Clown show.
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) October 27, 2019
This isn’t the first time this season that people have been critical of Kitchens. Earlier in the year, the Browns ran the football on fourth-and-nine against the Rams on Sunday Night Football.
With the loss to the Patriots, the Browns fall to 2-5 on the season. It’ll take a second-half miracle from Kitchens to get his team into the playoff picture.
Freddie Kitchens seems like a nice fellow but I wouldn’t hire him to coach Lyndhurst Middle School.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) October 27, 2019
Fortunately for Cleveland, the schedule does get much easier as the year goes on. Next weekend the team faces Denver on the road.
If the Browns cannot turn this season around, it’s fair to wonder if Kitchens will remain as the head coach.