Freddie Kitchens’ noteworthy-hyped Cleveland Browns are 5-7 and watching a steep climb into the postseason after Sunday’s loss.
It is his first season, however if preseason prognostications were our guiding gentle, that is now not how things were speculated to plug. The Browns got Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon within the offseason, landed on the disguise of Sports activities Illustrated and were a accepted salvage, if now not a supposed lock to make the playoffs. It will be reasonably hard for that to occur after the defeat by the palms of the Steelers dropped them two games below .500 with four to play.
Kitchens took the podium for his normal Monday press convention with newshounds and spoke for practically 37 minutes, answering a unfold of questions ranging from his Friday evening apparel to his benching of security Damarious Randall. After quarter-hour of questions, a reporter asked Kitchens if he turn out to be once fascinated with his job security.
“No, I’m now not,” Kitchens answered bluntly.
Kitchens’ Browns would must protect shut out to delight in a tight shot at the last wild card declare within the AFC. With Pittsburgh sitting in it at 7-5 and three groups above Cleveland at 6-6 or better (Tennessee is 7-5), the Browns would also need some abet.
There is now not any time for scoreboard staring at, though, because if the Browns don’t protect shut the next game, none of that matters.
“Fair appropriate simply attach, the equal arrangement we did after we were 2-6,” Kitchens said when asked how he can protect his gamers engaged no topic the disappointing loss. “These guys invested a lot getting serve to the label earn us where this game even supposed the rest. Transferring forward, we’re going to originate the equal ingredient, because I do know this: We delight in now zero percent likelihood unless we protect shut care of what we can protect shut care of, and that is the reason staunch to plug 1-0 this week.”
Their subsequent opponent, the 1-11 Cincinnati Bengals, staunch upset the Novel York Jets in resounding vogue. The Browns will must play the Bengals twice in their remaining month, plug back and forth to Arizona to face the Cardinals, and hope for a substantial upset over a white-sizzling Baltimore Ravens team that hasn’t misplaced for the reason that Browns beat them arrangement serve in Week 4. We’ll uncover about if any of that matters after Sunday.