Three takeaways from Day 10 of Cleveland Browns training camp
1. Freddie’s on fire
There was a fire in Freddie Kitchens’ eye on Monday, and some of that was due to an old friend. Former offensive line coach Bob Wylie was rather critical of Kitchens recently and said that the success of the offense in 2018 had more to do with Ken Zampese than the interim offensive coordinator.
Later, Wylie showed he just had sour grapes as he went on about not being retained — even though he wasn’t part of Kitchens staff, but instead was there with Hue Jackson. Still, he got under the new head coach’s skin some as Kitchens said Wylie basically doesn’t matter, then said he simply didn’t hire him because he didn’t want to.
On the field, Kitchens was just as intense. He seemed to be a little bothered by players missing practice as gameday approached and even got animated with a few of the guys sitting Monday’s practice out.
"“Kitchens chatted with head trainer Joe Sheehan on the field and then had a lengthy chat with the injured players in which he was quite animated. He declined to share his message, but he may have been giving them a pep talk about fighting through their soreness and practicing.” — Mary Kay Cabot with Josh Gunter and John Kuntz, Cleveland.com"
He did praise those who were practicing despite being banged up which could also be a way of motivating those who didn’t get out there.
Thursday will be our first chance at seeing how Kitchens handles himself on the sideline as a head coach. It will be interesting to see if he remains fired up like he was on Monday or if he’s more like the laid back coach we saw for the most part in 2018.