If you didn’t catch the 27-13 Patriots win over the Browns on Sunday, your brain escaped being tied up in a figure-eight knot by the buffoonery of Browns coach Freddie Kitchens.
(Oh yeah, and you missed this.)
Moving on. Back to Kitchens. Let me set the scene.
There’s 6:17 left in the game with the Browns down 27-10. The Browns’ offense was faced with a 4th-and-11 and were positioning to punt when they were called for a false start, pushing them back five yards into a 4th-and-16 situation from their 19 yard line.
Kitchens then made the mind-melting decision to send his offense back onto the field to go for it on 4th-and-16, a tactic he decided against on 4th-and-11. 2+2 = 5.
Baker Mayfield was then sacked and Cleveland turned the ball over on downs to the Patriots.
Try to follow this logic:
Kitchens spoke about his decision after the game, providing zero rational clarity.
“I didn’t want to use the timeout and I wanted to go for it,” he said after the game. “We had half of our guys running off, half of our guys running on and I wasn’t giving up right then by punting the ball to them. The only chance that we had was to convert for a (first) down and then we didn’t. The defense’s job is to go out there and stop them and they did, so it gave us a chance. I was still trying to win the game.”
Rex Ryan was absolutely appalled that a professional coach would ever make a decision this outlandish.
The internet was not much kinder.
Hey Freddie, don’t take it personally. Teams become confused when the play the Patriots. It could always be worse.