The soap opera in Cleveland continues.
After the Browns fell to the Cardinals on Sunday, 38-24, first-year Browns coach Freddie Kitchens addressed his job status amid a flurry of controversies that have plagued their once-promising season.
“I don’t care about my future as Browns coach,” Kitchens said, according to Cleveland.com. “I’m going to show up Monday, and I’m going to do the best job I can do Monday. And that’s tomorrow. That’s the only thing I can control.”
In recent weeks, Kitchens has had to put out a number of fires, including critical comments quarterback Baker Mayfield made about the team’s training staff in regards to Odell Beckham’s sports hernia. During Sunday’s loss, the embattled coach also got into a heated argument with receiver Jarvis Landry, who complained about his lack of production during the game. He was limited to five receptions for 23 yards.
The defeat all but assured the 6-8 Browns would not make the playoffs this season. They sit two games behind the Steelers and Titans for the final AFC wild-card spot.
“I just went and asked for the ball,” Landry said postgame. “I just went and asked for the ball to try to get involved in the game to help. That’s pretty much it.”
Landry elaborated, “I felt like I hadn’t touched the ball since the first quarter, and we’re inside of 10 minutes in the fourth and I still hadn’t touched the ball. Well, that play I touched the ball. So you know.”
Despite the fireworks on the sidelines, Kitchens said he has nothing but love for Landry.
“Jarvis is my kind of player as far as fiery, and things happen. It’s no big deal. I’m pretty sure it’s not a big deal if you ask him. It’s an emotional game, so I love Jarvis,” Kitchens said.
While Kitchens may have adoration for his players, it remains to be seen if ownership will reciprocate that sort of love with their head coach to give him a second year in Cleveland.
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