The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know including a story about whether or not the fourth-down draw play was on Baker Mayfield
An interesting theory recently popped up in regards to the Cleveland Browns last game — yes, we want to move on, but this caught our eye. This theory surrounds the shocking draw play on fourth-and-nine in the loss to L.A.
Freddie Kitchens took the blame for this, as the head coach said the infamous fourth-down draw play was on him. However, an article on WKYC recently popped up where they’re asking if the play was actually an audible called by Baker Mayfield.
If so, that means Kitchens had no problem falling on the sword to protect his quarterback — which is an admirable trait in a head coach.
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That story and more can be found in today’s Daily Dawg Tags.
Cleveland Browns News
"“If Mayfield did audible, Kitchens made sure to fall on the proverbial sword and protect his star quarterback by taking full responsibility.No matter who made the final call to run the play, this is just something to consider as you think about the Browns, Mayfield, and Kitchens moving forward.”"
In the piece, the author says that Mayfield appears to change the play at the line. He also admits none of us would know for sure if that was the case since we don’t know the signals. However, if Mayfield did make the bad call and Kitchens took the heat, that’s a great job by the head coach of protecting his player. A certain previous coach would have never done that.
"“One of the grades that really stood out was Nick Chubb’s. He had 23 carries for 96 yards, both season-highs, as well as a 30-yard screen play that set up a touchdown. And yet, his offensive grade was 60.3 against the Rams. His rushing grade was his lowest of the season, 56.4.”"
Patsko says that several analytical sites are down on Chubb this season and that he hasn’t been as efficient as he was during his rookie season. He could change all that with a couple of long runs, something he did several times last season. Hopefully, those will be coming soon.
It’s not a popular opinion, but our own Joel Cade thinks that Freddie Kitchens isn’t ready for the dual role of head coach and play-caller that he’s put himself in. He believes the rookie could benefit from handing off play-calling duties.
The New England Patriots have a lot of players on their team that used to play for the Browns and they added one more as they recently signed Cody Kessler.