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Kitchens Makes a Head-Scratching Blunder That Had Everyone Guessing During Browns Loss

What exactly was that?

The Browns likely were already in a position to take a “L” on Sunday in Foxborough against the Patriots, but one sequence late in the game has fans both irate and wondering just what the heck head coach Freddie Kitchens was thinking.

The wildness took place with the Browns down 27-10 with just over six minutes left in the contest. The Browns were on their own 24-yard-line, and on fourth down they sent in the special teams unit to punt the ball.

Instead, the Browns took a delay of game, and instead of still kicking it, they sent the offense back onto the field to now go for it on 4th-and-16 from the 19.

Baker Mayfield was sacked, the ball went over the Pats, and fans were left scratching their heads.

Why would you take a delay of game, thus making it an even longer field for Mayfield against the top defense in all of the NFL?

Things got interesting when CBS Sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson did a report stating that the Browns “intentionally” got a penalty punting the ball so they could go for it on the next play, and it was due to the fact that Kitchens didn’t want to use a timeout.


Both Jim Nantz and Tony Romo actually laughed out loud at the thought, not understanding the thinking as to why you would do such a thing.

While in the end the Pats didn’t score, this is more about Kitchens, his ongoing inability to make wise decisions, and the team seems to be weekly suffering from it.

Don’t believe me on how it’s being perceived? Hall of Famers now in the media are even wondering if Kitchens knows what he’s doing.

And then there’s this from the loss.

As always, it ought to be an interesting week as the team gets ready to head out to the thin air of Colorado next week to play the Broncos.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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