The Cleveland Browns fell to 2-6 today, losing to a Denver Broncos team giving third-string quarterback Brandon Allen his first NFL start. Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens is on the hot seat – and could very well lose his seat altogether before the week is out. If so, his last crucial decision may go down as one of his worst.
In the second half, Kitchens decided to challenge the spot of the ball after a play – an effort that has a very low success rate. Kitchens lost the challenge, burning a timeout for the failed challenge in the process.
After the Browns turned the ball over on what was ultimately their final offensive drive, they didn’t have enough timeouts to force Denver to punt and give them one more possession.
Unfortunately, the Browns offense under Kitchens has been so suspect that who can even say for sure that they would have been able to do anything with one more drive.
#Browns out of timeouts because Freddie challenged a spot, which almost never gets overturned.
— Tom Reed (@treed1919) November 4, 2019
Kitchens was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns after a successful spell as interim offensive coordinator in the second half of last season.
But after a strong offseason where the Browns thought they had assembled sufficient talent to make the playoffs and even contend for the Super Bowl, the team’s 2-6 record increasingly suggests he may not have been ready for the job.
#Browns lose this, I wouldn't let Freddie Kitchens on the plane.
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) November 3, 2019
Stay tuned. There were a lot of poor coaching jobs in Week 9 and the coming week could bring a lot of shakeups in the NFL coaching ranks.