Jarvis Landry has been credited with changing the culture for the Cleveland Browns but even he is starting to show frustration with this coaching staff
The Cleveland Browns came into the 2019 season with a lot of hope but are winding the year down trying to get something figured out to build on for next season. At 5-7, they've been a disappointment and much of the blame is being placed squarely on the shoulders of head coach Freddie Kitchens.
Kitchens is in his first season as a head coach in the NFL and he's struggled to find consistency on offense. He's also been terrible when it comes to figuring out how to use his All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.
OBJ, who is in his first season with Cleveland as well, has just two touchdowns on the season and the Browns continue to forget about him as the games go on. It's gotten so bad that he's had to defend rumors of him wanting out already. When trying to silence those whispers, OBJ mentioned he's in a locker right next to his best friend, Jarvis Landry, which he enjoys.
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Now there are questions about whether or nor Landry is happy to be there. In an article from Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com where she is criticizing the team's misuse of Beckham, she makes some interesting comments about Landry.
Not only does she say he and quarterbacks coach Ryan Lindley got into an argument on the sideline (which included Christian Kirksey having to step in to calm Landry down) but Juice hasn't made himself available to the media in two weeks now.
"After the loss, Landry and Beckham both bolted the locker room without speaking to the media, and Landry wasn’t available this week, a sign that he probably can’t bite his tongue. Despite requests for Landry on Friday, he failed to show. It marked the second straight week he made himself scarce." — Cabot, Cleveland.com
Out of everything in Cabot's article, this is the most concerning. Sideline arguments happen all the time in the NFL and we usually only hear half of them. When you have players involved in such a physical game and head-strong coaches, it's bound to happen.
That doesn't worry me. What does worry me is the way Landry has gone silent.
Since joining the Browns last season, he's been a model citizen. He's continually been a positive voice and he seems to truly love the city he's playing for now. He's also been one of the first players to speak after games.
With him no longer talking to the media, it seems as though he is truly frustrated. However, he's probably not mad about being in Cleveland but rather the issues the team is having with getting the job done.
The real question is what the front office decides to do about it. Landry and OBJ together are a deadly duo and the Browns have a small window to capitalize on the two together.
If this staff can't figure out how to do that, general manager John Dorsey might have to decide between his hand-picked coach or the two Pro Bowlers at receiver.
It seems as though that should be an easy decision.