Brown coach admits playing late is a "bad decision"


CLEVELAND - Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens admitted that trying for a fourth-and-9 draw was a "bad decision" when the Los Angeles Rams lost 13-13 on Sunday.

The Browns had Ram's 40-yard line ball in the last quarter with a chance to take the lead. But instead of trying to land the first with Baker Mayfield, Kitchen called Nick Chubb, who hit the hammer for a 2-yard win.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, no NFL team had attempted a fourth and 9 or more draws since at least 2007, when ESPN began tracking such calls.

"It just didn't work. It was a bad decision," said Kitchen, who is a Cleveland offensive player. "We are trying to win the game and we are on our side of the field. Bad decision."

With a solid field position, Ram went down to hit a field goal and extend his lead.

Mayfield was also asked about the summoning game but blamed the execution for being short.

"I know what they are going to try to do is talk about playcalling," Mayfield said. "But you know that that's why I said that execution is the most important thing. Whatever we have called, we have to do our job."

The Browns still had the opportunity to send the game late, with Mayfield leading the offense to the Ram's 4-yard line with 43 seconds remaining. But after three flaws, Mayfield's disappointment was interrupted in the end zone, sealing the Los Angeles victory.

Seeing that the Browns still had all three waiting, he asked Kitchen why he didn't try to run the ball with Chub at the time.

"I should have executed it once," Kitchen admitted. "I should have done it, so I'm licking my ass for the time being."

Kitchen, who took over as Cleveland's interim offensive coordinator in the middle of last season, claimed responsibility for Sunday's defeat when the Bronze climbed to the final stretch, reducing Brown to 1-2 on the season.

"I have to do a better job during the week, putting these people in better conditions and then on game day," he said. "So, if you want to blame someone, blame me. Don't blame any of our players; don't blame any of our other coaches, just blame me, because I can stand it."

"Write your article and say I ruined the game. Write your articles and say it's my fault that things don't look like last year. Because it is."