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Freddie Kitchens expecting ‘no excuses’ from Browns kicking unit

Freddie Kitchens

The Cleveland Browns are currently in the midst of a major turnaround while both the team’s offensive and defensive units have improved significantly over the course of the last few seasons. With first-year NFL head coach Freddie Kitchens now on board as well, it appears as though the typically lowly Browns could make a serious run at the postseason in 2019-20.

What about the team’s special teams situation, though?

Via Mary Kay Cabot in Cleveland.com:

“We need somebody that can put the ball between the two yellow poles,’’ Kitchens said on a conference call on Sunday.

While the kicking unit has certainly been lackluster thanks to a series of recent preseason misses, Kitchens doesn’t believe the root of the issue stems from the team’s holders.

“I don’t know about that,” Kitchens added. “I know this, it didn’t go through the upright. I know there are no excuses coming from that room. Their job is to put the ball through the upright. I don’t care who is holding. I can go out there and hold it for them, and it better go through the upright. That’s their job.”

It is also worth noting that Kitchens has already acknowledged that both he and Browns general manager John Dorsey have spoken about additional options at the kicker position with the 2019 regular season just around the corner. As it stands today, the Browns have the tandem of Greg Joseph and rookie Austin Seibert battling it out to earn the right to become Cleveland’s starting kicker ahead of the upcoming campaign.