CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens admitted that it was a “unhealthy name” to strive a draw play on fourth-and-9 throughout Sunday evening’s 20-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
The Browns had the ball on the Rams’ 40-yard line within the fourth quarter, with an opportunity to take the lead. However as an alternative of making an attempt to get the primary down with a Baker Mayfield go, Kitchens referred to as a draw to Nick Chubb, who was stuffed for a 2-yard achieve.
In accordance with ESPN Stats & Data, no NFL workforce had tried a draw on fourth-and-9 or extra since not less than 2007, when ESPN started monitoring such calls.
“It simply did not work. It was a foul name,” mentioned Kitchens, who’s Cleveland’s offensive playcaller. “We’re making an attempt to win the sport and we’re on their aspect of the sphere. Unhealthy name.”
With strong discipline place, the Rams drove right down to kick a discipline objective and lengthen their lead.
Mayfield was additionally requested concerning the playcall, as nicely, however blamed execution for arising brief.
“I do know what you guys are gonna attempt to do is speak concerning the playcalling,” Mayfield mentioned. “However you recognize what, that is why I mentioned execution’s a very powerful factor. No matter we now have referred to as, we now have to do our job.”
The Browns nonetheless had an opportunity to ship the sport to time beyond regulation late, with Mayfield driving the offense to the Rams Four-yard line with 43 seconds remaining. However after three incompletions, Mayfield’s desperation heave was picked off in the long run zone, sealing the victory for Los Angeles.
Contemplating the Browns nonetheless had all three timeouts, Kitchens was requested why he did not attempt to run the ball with Chubb then.
“I ought to’ve run it one time,” Kitchens confessed. “I ought to’ve — that is why I am kicking myself within the ass for it proper now.”
Kitchens, who took over as Cleveland’s interim offensive coordinator halfway by means of final season because the Browns surged down the stretch, went on to take duty for Sunday’s loss, which dropped the Browns to 1-2 on the season.
“I gotta do a greater job through the course of the week, placing these guys in higher conditions after which on sport day,” he mentioned. “So, in the event you’re trying to blame any individual, blame me. Do not blame any of our gamers; do not blame any of our different coaches — simply blame me, as a result of I can take it.
“Go write your article and say I messed the sport up. Go write your article and say it is my fault issues [are] not wanting prefer it did final yr. As a result of it’s.”