Earlier: The Cleveland Browns entered today with a 2-6 record. In case you were wondering, Freddie Kitchens is not doing much to alleviate how hot his seat is with his decision-making this afternoon.
Earlier today, the Browns ran seven plays from the one-yard line…and didn’t score a touchdown. Cleveland came away with no points.
The Buffalo Bills are stout defensively, but that’s a bit ridiculous.
I'm mildly convinced the Browns just jumped offsides on purpose to force a field goal attempt so that Freddie Kitchens couldn't call another play from inside the five. #Browns
— John Breech (@johnbreech) November 10, 2019
If that embarrassing sequence wasn’t enough, the Browns surrendered a safety in the third quarter when Baker Mayfield was sacked in the end zone. On the play, Cleveland lined up in a full house backfield with wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry in tight before motioning to a five-wide set.
The Browns’ suspect offensive line couldn’t hold up, and Mayfield paid the price.
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 10, 2019
Kitchens’ play-calling has been criticized all season as the Browns’ offense has sputtered and Mayfield has looked like a rookie when he’s really in his second season.
Thus far today, he’s doing himself no favors with the questionable decisions he has made.
Update: For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky and SiriusXM’s Geoff Schwartz said Mayfield was at fault here for not changing protection.
No awareness by Mayfield. Should have sent the line right. But if not, you have to know where your issues are at. No clue.pic.twitter.com/mBlvJJ4Lzy
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) November 10, 2019
100% on baker. Easy change of protection but never did
— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) November 10, 2019
That’s a former NFL offensive lineman and quarterback laying the responsibility for the sack on Mayfield, so perhaps Kitchens should be off the hook for that play.