Freddie Kitchens reacts to Kareem Hunt challenging teammates
Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens had no issue with running back Kareem Hunt calling out his teammates for their effort in the team’s loss against the Arizona Cardinals. Kitchens said he knows Hunt puts everything on the field, so he has no problem expecting the same from his teammates.
#Browns HC Freddie Kitchens on Kareem Hunt's comments about others not giving 110%: "I think Kareem is a great competitor. I think Kareem puts everything out on the field, he loves the game of football. I don't think there's anything wrong with challenging your teammates."
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Hunt told the media on Sunday he thought there were players who took plays off, and that isn’t something that is acceptable for teams wanting to win games.
“Yeah, I feel like there were some plays that everybody didn’t leave their 110% out there the whole play through the whole play, through the whole whistle,” Browns running back Kareem Hunt said Monday, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “And we’ve all got to do that if we want to be successful.”
Hunt wouldn’t go as far as saying which particular players were taking plays off, but made it clear that it’s not acceptable.
“I mean, yeah, I guess so but it’s everybody,” Hunt said. “You can’t point out one person or nothing like that. It’s everybody, and everybody’s got to do their job.”
A lack of effort has been a common issue over the years for the Browns, but this season was supposed to be different. Cleveland currently sits with a 6-8 record and although they aren’t officially eliminated from the playoffs, it would take a few miracles for them to clinch a spot in the AFC playoff picture.
If the Browns want to take care of business in Week 16, they will need to give 100 percent effort to pull off the upset against the Baltimore Ravens.