Kitchens has Baker’s back

O-Coordinator says Mayfield “spoke what he felt”

Kitchens has Baker’s back
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield looks to pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) (Gary Landers)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Freddie Kitchens was a quarterback, at Alabama. He’s coached quarterbacks, in Arizona. So it should come as no surprise that he has his quarterback’s back. But it’s not for effect. The Browns offensive coordinator absolutely nailed it on Friday when discussing Baker Mayfield’s recent comments concerning Hue Jackson. The Browns rookie quarterback made it clear after the win over Jackson and the Bengals on Sunday that he wasn’t happy that Jackson had returned to a division rival.

“First of all I do not have a problem with Baker saying anything like that", Kitchens said. "The guy spoke what he felt to be true. I do not know when it became big news to speak the truth. If that is what he feels, then he should voice it. Hard Knocks is in here and everybody is looking for a story. He is giving you a story; he is telling you the truth. Everybody wants an inside look of the truth. Well hell, that is the truth. We go down to Cincinnati and arguably one of the biggest wins – I know there are people in that locker room that have never gotten on a plane to come back here on road game with a victory so they did not know that feeling until then – but suddenly, it is big news if we do not want to turn it into kumbaya after the game and turn it into fist bumps and hugs. I do not think Baker disrespected anybody on what the said. He spoke what he felt.

Kitchens went on to say that he doesn’t care about the outside ‘noise’, especially when it comes from another AFC North city.

"At some point, everybody is going to realize that it does not matter what anybody else says – it does not matter what anybody says in Cincinnati, Baltimore, Pittsburgh or anywhere – it is about what is said here. More importantly, it is about our fans, our organization and our locker room most importantly. It is about what those guys in there feel, and when they start believing that, which they do, then you have something, and I think that is the point we are getting to.”

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