Browns’ Freddie Kitchens unsure if he will call offensive plays in regular season yet
The Cleveland Browns have an exciting season ahead of them. They have built one of the most intriguing teams in the NFL, but head coach Freddie Kitchens is still experimenting.
Kitchens is looking to let offensive coordinator Todd Monkens make the calls for the team’s final preseason game against the Detroit Lions.
“I haven’t really fully decided, but I know Todd will call some of them,” Kitchens said. “Some of it depends on what we do at the quarterback situation initially, but he’ll definitely get the opportunity. He called some of the other games but we just didn’t advertise it. Just didn’t feel the need to. In case it went bad, I didn’t want him suffering the consequences from it.
“But we’ll do something. I always want to continue to let guys develop in this system, more importantly, just in case. You know, you never know.”
Kitchens is providing Monkens this opportunity as he also experienced the same privileges from former Browns head coach Hue Jackson. He understands how important the experience was for him and wants his own assistants to have the same reps.
Monken expressed positivity towards Kitchens’ decision.
“We have all gone through interviews. The bottom line is like any assistant coach, your job is to do whatever the head coach tells you to do. If the head coach says do this, then you do it. If he decides that he doesn’t want to call it and he says you call it, I will call it. That’s what I did last year.”
The Browns are going to be exciting to watch in the NFL this season. And with Kitchens giving Monken reps at offensive play-calling, the sky is the limit for this team.