Cleveland Browns studs and duds following Week 9 collapse
Dud: Freddie Kitchens
At this point, it is now a matter of when and not a matter of if for head coach Freddie Kitchens. It seems highly unlikely that Kitchens will get a second year as the bus driver in Cleveland as he has struggled to handle the responsibilities of a head coach.
With three minutes left in the game, the Browns found themselves with no timeouts, and no way to stop the clock as the Broncos drained out the clock. Kitchens lost another challenge, and it is hard to think of a challenge all year that he has managed to win; timeouts and challenges are valuable assets that Kitchens donates as if he were a charitable man.
The fact of the matter is this: Kitchens was hired because the Browns were afraid to lose him; he is not ready to be a head coach in the NFL, and it is showing. While he may get another chance to be a head coach down the road, he was rushed in too soon in 2019 with the Browns, and as a result, he and his team are floundering.
Dorsey will have a hard decision to make at this season: does he risk more instability by firing Kitchens and bringing in a more experienced head coach like Mike McCarthy, or does he stick with the man he hired less than a year ago?
Kitchens looks lost and so do the Browns; he’s got eight games to prove he can handle the pressure, but he is not off to a good start.