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Sport Report: 'Disconnect' between HC Freddie Kitchens and OC Todd Monken behind Browns' offensive struggles

06:40  08 december  2019
06:40  08 december  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Baker Mayfield’s wife upset over question about Freddie Kitchens’ t-shirt

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I also reported that the transition to new OC Todd Monken has not gone as smoothly as planned, resulting in And, the fact that Monken is adapting the offense to mesh his scheme with Kitchens ’ scheme, it should be And for the OC and HC news ---. There isn't an issue between them, they are

Monken , much like new Browns coach Freddie Kitchens , is an aggressive play-caller. He’s a disciple of the Air-Raid offense , the pass-heavy attack Baker Mayfield mastered at Oklahoma, but Kitchens said Monday the Browns will retain their system from last season and Kitchens will still call

As you might have heard, the Cleveland Browns’ most hyped season in recent memory has not been going as hoped.

a man standing in front of a crowd: It's been a rough season for Freddie Kitchens and the Browns. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)© Provided by Yahoo! Sports It's been a rough season for Freddie Kitchens and the Browns. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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Between Myles Garrett’s now-infamous helmet-bonking of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and Baker Mayfield’s sophomore struggles, the team has been loudly struggling at 5-7 and head coach Freddie Kitchens’ seat is getting hotter by the week.

A report from cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot on Saturday shed a little more light on what’s going on behind the scenes with Kitchens’ staff, and it doesn’t reflect well on the coach:

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# Browns HC Freddie Kitchens on NFL Network report that Kitchens / Todd Monken install of offense hasn't I am a member of the offensive staff and when I walk in the defensive room I'm a member of the The Browns hired Monken in January to fill the void left by Kitchens , who was promoted from

Even though he hired former Bucs coach Todd Monken as offensive coordinator, Kitchens will call plays on game day like he did in the final eight games of the season when the Browns went 5-3. Kitchens brought the Browns ’ offense to life in those eight games and turned Baker Mayfield into

There’s a disconnect between offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who answers for the offense every Thursday and has jokingly called it his weekly “dentist appointment,” and Kitchens, who calls the plays on game day with input from Monken, quarterbacks coach Ryan Lindley, and some say even inactive quarterback Drew Stanton.

Some say the quarterbacks have too much influence, and others say there are too many cooks in with Kitchens on game day. They tried to clear the air midseason, but it apparently didn’t do much good.

Monken’s hiring was widely seen as a solid get for Kitchens after three years in the same position as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As the Browns offense struggled, the idea of Kitchens handing over offensive play-calling duties to Monken has been broached multiple times.

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Yahoo Browns Report . But also announced was that the new OC would be Browns ’ RB coach Freddie Kitchens . Starter Jay Barker graduated in 1994 and Kitchens competed with Brian Burgdorf for the starting nod. The team finished 4-7-0 after starting the year 3-1-0 and struggled offensively .

Beau and Nathan sit down with HC Freddie Kitchens and Punter Jamie Gillan and they hear from DC The guys hear from Freddie , OC Todd Monken , Jarvis The guys are joined by Matt Waldman from footballguys.com (26:13) to talk about the Browns struggles on offense and former Browns

As for Lindley, he joined the narrative of the Browns’ struggles last week when he and wide receiver Jarvis Landry were seen in a heated argument during their loss to the Steelers. Per Cabot, the Browns have declined to make Landry available for interview since the incident.

It’s not exactly a surprise that the Browns’ coaches are experiencing dysfunction. You don’t go from preseason Super Bowl hype to 5-7 and losing to Devlin Hodges without some kind of dysfunction.

That’s pretty much where the Browns are right now. The head coach and the offensive coordinator aren’t jelling. The team’s most talented offensive player is openly musing about his employment status. The team’s most talented defensive player is suspended for the rest of the season. The team’s quarterback of the future has one more touchdown than interceptions. One of the team’s veteran leaders is loudly arguing with its quarterbacks coach on the sidelines.

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It's a Friday on CBD with Beau and Nathan. OC Todd Monken (16:28), over/unders (35:34), Center JC Tretter in studio (43:08), one on one with HC Freddie Kitchens (53:00), ST Coach Mike Priefer (1:08:07) and the Cleveland Browns Daily 11/8/2019. It's a Friday on CBD with Beau and Nathan.

I also reported that the transition to new OC Todd Monken has not gone as smoothly as planned, resulting in HC Freddie Kitchens playing a greater role in spearheading the offense than originally intended. We'll keep an eye on this as the season approaches. — Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) June

There could still be enough hope for the future if you squint hard enough, but that would likely have to come with some foundational changes just months after the team’s fans finally thought it had a clear path forward.

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