Freddie Kitchens didn’t mince words when asked about former Browns offensive line coach Bob Wylie’s recent comments about him.
Wylie, who was not retained when the Browns overhauled their coaching staff this off-season, recently said on The Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio that former Clevland quarterbacks coach Kenny Zampese was the person who was most responsible for the Browns’ second half turnaround during the 2018 season.
Be that as it may, Kitchens was named the Browns’ new head coach.
Wylie also said that that his daughter informed him of Cleveland’s decision not to renew his contract while he was laid up in a hospital.
Kitchens fired back on Monday.
“I know Bob Wylie to be a good person,” said Kitchens, who worked alongside Wylie throughout the 2018 season. “And out of respect for his family, I won’t get into any of that. Because he’s a father, he’s a husband, he’s a granddad. [But] Bob knows what happened. Bob knows what was going on. And when he was here, he knew everything about it. So, that was last year.
“Listen, Bob wasn’t under contract,” Kitchens continued. “He forgot to tell everybody that. He wasn’t under contract. He had talked about retiring forever, alright? So, sometimes when a person says something, they have to be made to feel relevant, OK? Bob’s a good person, and I don’t wanna lose sight of that. I have too much respect for him as a person.”
Kitchens was also irritated with the fact of leaks and unnamed sources that are coming from within Browns headquarters.
Kitchens vowed to fire anybody who dared to give out personal information about the franchise.
“The days of inside information and the days of unnamed sources and stuff like that have ended,” he said. “So you’re not going to get any information like that, ever. Anybody. And I ever see it, they’re fired, immediately. And that’s how we’re running this organization. I can take it. [Cleveland GM] John Dorsey can take it. We won’t crack, I promise you.”
Unlike any other Browns head coach before him, Kitchens has an enormous amount of pressure on him to get this team to a winning record as well as a playoff appearance after a damn good finish to the 2018 season and an even better offseason that got them Odell Beckham Jr.
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