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Freddie Kitchens calls out Browns offense after ‘frustrating’ performance

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The Cleveland Browns put forth an anemic offensive performance during their 13-12 preseason loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night, and head coach Freddie Kitchens was not happy about it.

“Not at all, those guys are coached to execute,’’ Kitchens said, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Those guys are coached to do their job and we didn’t do a very good job of preparing those guys to do their job and they didn’t do a good job of doing their job. The execution wasn’t there and it had been before. Those guys have played in other games and they performed in practice and they’re expected to perform.”

Kitchens didn’t single out any players specifically, but his overall message was clear:

“It’s not going to be acceptable and we’ll figure out why it happened – bad technique, bad execution, bad plays, bad play call,’’ said Kitchens. “It could be any damn thing. We’re not going to start placing blame tonight, we’re in this thing together.’’

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had a horrific evening, completing just 10 of his 26 passes for 72 yards and an interception. Of course, neither Odell Beckham Jr. nor Jarvis Landry played, but that is still an abysmal stat line regardless of who his receivers were.

“It was just a frustrating night all the way around,” added Kitchens. “Offensively we didn’t execute, not even close to where we want to go.”

Cleveland will play its final exhibition game next Thursday against the Detroit Lions before preparing to suit up for the season opener against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 8.