The Cleveland Browns are in the midst of cleaning hours in their front office and coaching staff, and we are hearing even more about the dysfunction that was going on.
The latest episode of the Browns covers the team’s offensive coordinator Todd Monken who had friction with now-fired head coach Freddie Kitchens to the point he would reportedly tell opposing coaches about how bad it was in Cleveland.
“Speaking of disgruntled offensive coordinators, Todd Monken’s one season with the Browns was a disaster. Monken had the offensive coordinator title but Kitchens called the plays, and it was clear that Kitchens and Monken were never on the same page.”
“Multiple sources told The Athletic that late in the season, Monken would spend time on the field before games telling opposing coaches how bad things were with the Browns, calling the team a “total mess” and saying that Kitchens’ Sunday play calling generally steered away from most things that had been in the game plan from Wednesday-Saturday.”
Among the many things that went wrong with the Browns was Kitchens’ refusal to cede play-calling duties to Monken as the Browns’ once-hyped offense struggled all season long. The team’s offense ranked only 20th in DVOA, 22nd in total yards and 22nd in total points, despite having last year’s No. 1 overall pick in Baker Mayfield, the NFL’s No. 2 rusher in Nick Chubb and two 1,000-yard receivers in Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.
The Browns season was also marred in players reportedly telling other teams to “come get me,” even though those players involved stated otherwise when asked about it.
The Cleveland Browns went 6-10 this season.