Sport Browns' faint playoff hopes end as Jarvis Landry yells at Freddie Kitchens on sideline
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — No fighting. No helmet swinging. Barely any trash talking. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns kept things civil in their highly anticipated rematch, which ended the way they always seem to end at Heinz Field: the Steelers walking off in triumph 20-13, leaving the Browns to ponder how another one got away. Devlin “Duck” Hodges threw for 212 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his second career start. Rookie Benny Snell ran for 63 yards and his first NFL touchdown, and the banged-up Steelers exacted revenge for their whipping at the hands of the Browns two weeks ago with a 20-13 victory on Sunday.
The Cleveland Browns’ season, as far as postseason hopes are concerned, is over. The intrigue about what happens next is just starting.
Early Sunday,the Browns supported coach Freddie Kitchens and wanted him to be Browns head coach long term. Then the Browns played on Sunday.
Cleveland was officially eliminated from the playoffs race after a 38-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Browns, who are 6-8, are the only NFL team that will not post a winning record this decade. That wasn’t how this season was supposed to go.
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“I don’t care about my future as Browns coach,” Kitchens said after Sunday’s game,“I’m going to show up Monday, and I’m going to do the best job that I can do Monday.”
The loss was bad. The sight of receiver Jarvis Landry yelling at Kitchens on the sideline, as Landry was frustrated to not be more involved, might have been worse.
Jarvis Landry has words for Freddie Kitchens
Landry had a quiet game, and it was surprising because he has emerged as the most consistent threat in the Browns passing game. Coming off the field in the fourth quarter, Landry had some heated words with Kitchens.
Jarvis Landry is clearly upset with Freddie Kitchens.
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They both downplayed it after the game.
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Since rookie head coach Freddie Kitchens has been unable to coax the expected results out of his club, it would not be a surprise to see GM John Dorsey part ways with Kitchens and Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason.Since rookie head coach Freddie Kitchens has been unable to coax the expected results out of his club, which has often looked undisciplined and sloppy, speculation as to his future with the Browns has run rampant. It would not be a surprise to see GM John Dorsey part ways with Kitchens this offseason in favor of a more experienced head, but as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com writes, that is not the current plan.
“I love Jarvis Landry,” Kitchens said, via the Beacon Journal. “Jarvis is my kind of player as far as fiery, and things happen. It’s no big deal.
“Everybody respects Freddie,” Landry said. “I will continue to be loyal to Freddie and everything that he’s doing here. Just because we had a difference today and it seemed like a difference today to everybody or to the world, it doesn’t mean I don’t have respect for him. I still have tremendous respect for him.”
Things happen on a sideline. Tensions rise and words are exchanged. It usually is no big deal. But the optics, considering how everything has fallen apart this season including the play-calling, aren’t good.
Browns have had really disappointing season
If someone at the Browns is leaking to the league’s site that Kitchens will return, that’s probably what will happen. A terrible end to the season might force the Browns to consider all their options, however.
Landry gets in heated exchange with Browns coach
Though reports emerged on Sunday morning that the Browns intend to bring back chronically overmatched head coach Freddie Kitchens, it's possible they may already have to reevaluate that goal. #Browns Jarvis Landry voicing some...umm...frustration with Freddie Kitchens. pic.twitter.
Sunday wasn’t a good step as far as that goes. The Browns, through most of their history since 1999, have simply been bad. They haven’t had the talent to compete. That isn’t the case anymore. Cleveland has a number of star players. It’s not a perfect roster by any means, but it should be better than this. The Browns shouldn’t be eliminated already in a weak AFC wild-card race.
Whether a decision has been made on Kitchens or not, there will have to be some tough decisions this offseason to make sure this horrible Browns season doesn’t repeat itself. The final two games could shape some of those decisions.
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