NFL Analyst On Browns: "This Team Is In Trouble"

From Baker Mayfield to Freddie Kitchens, the Browns are searching for answers

Taz and the Moose
September 24, 2019 - 10:26 am
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The Cleveland Browns (1-2) have not had a great season. They lost their season-opener by 30 to the Titans; they struggled to put away from a team, the Jets, that played most of the game with its third-string quarterback; and they lost at home to the Rams in primetime. In fact, they have mustered just 13 points in each of their home games and look inept on offense.

Scale of 1-10, what’s the concern level in Cleveland right now?

“Nine,” CBS Sports and CBS Sports HQ NFL analyst Ryan Wilson said on Taz & The Moose. “It’s not the talent; it’s can this team handle expectations? The answer is no. And can Freddie Kitchens handle being a first-year head coach? The answer is no.”

The Browns squandered several opportunities to at least force overtime against the Rams on Sunday night. On drive ended on a draw on 4th-and-9. Another drive, the final one of the game, ended with four straight passes inside the 5-yard-line.

“The play-calling was utterly and absolutely atrocious,” Wilson said. “(Kitchens) took responsibility for it. Great. He said he’s not going to do anything differently in terms of giving up the play-calling. He may be in over his head – and it appears that he is – based solely on the play-calling that we saw where he didn’t take advantage of all (of his) weapons, including Baker Mayfield.”

The Browns have a tough slate upcoming: at Ravens (2-1), at Niners (3-0), against Seattle (2-1), bye, at Patriots (3-0).

“Where do you go from here?” Wilson asked. “We’ll see if (Kitchens) magically becomes a better play-caller. I think this team is in trouble. They’re not a good football team right now – and it’s hard to say that with Jarvis Landry, Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham as the centerpieces of your offense.”

Click below to listen to Wilson’s interview in its entirety.