Freddie Kitchens plans to seal the leaks with threats of unemployment
Freddie Kitchens doesn’t plan on having any of the information leaks that plagued the previous Cleveland Browns staff and has threatened termination if he finds out about any ‘unnamed sources’
Freddie Kitchens will be running the Cleveland Browns differently than the past coach did. When Hue Jackson was driving the bus, it was common practice for there to be weekly information leaks that made their way to several members of the media.
That led to many embarrassing reports that made the team look bad on several occasions. Now that Kitchens is running the show, he plans on putting a stop to that kind of disloyalty once and for all.
When speaking with reporters on Monday, Kitchens touched on several topics, including the fact that the Browns have been a team known for being loose with inside information. Kitchens decided to take a strong stance on the subject, saying he will have a zero-tolerance policy and will show anyone the door if they are caught.
"“The days of inside information and the days of unnamed sources and stuff like that have ended. So you’re not going to get information like that, ever. Anybody. And if I ever see it, they’re fired. Immediately. That’s the way we’re running this organization,” Kitchens said via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.com."
It’s understandable why Kitchens would feel this way. For years, the Browns have been the laughingstock of the NFL and they’ve had some of the worst press — which isn’t just due to their poor performance on the field.
Cleveland has also been ridiculed for several behind the scenes issues, many of which were detailed this past January in a detailed behind the scenes report by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham. In this story, Wickersham shares how owner Jimmy Haslam continually inserts himself into every decision and then pits the general manager and coach against one another.
There was also a rather embarrassing story of the office playing adult videos on the big screen as they were trying to show how poorly the team was portrayed in social media — but sadly didn’t even know their own hashtag.
Kitchens is doing all he can to change the culture and that includes making sure they don’t keep making themselves look bad. He’s decided the best way to do that will be to threaten to fire anyone who offers up these leaks.
It’s harsh, but it might be the only way to ensure that the leaks stay sealed.