Former Steelers OL: Kitchens' Shirt Shows Lack Of Class

Freddie Kitchens made some curious clothing choices this weekend, to say the least

The DA Show
December 02, 2019 - 12:37 pm

For reasons unbeknownst to many, Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens wore a shirt this weekend that read, “Pittsburgh started it.” The reference, of course, was to the Browns/Steelers brawl in Cleveland in Week 11, which resulted in Myles Garrett being suspended indefinitely

Thoughts on Kitchens’ decision to wear that shirt before the rematch?

“Ridiculous,” former Steeler and two-time Super Bowl champion Max Starks said on The DA Show. “Ridiculous. As a head coach, you have to be elevated above the on-the-field situation, and let’s be honest here: They started it. Myles Garrett, doing extra things, trying to take Mason Rudolph to the ground, eight seconds left in the game when obviously Mason Rudolph had given his body up because he’s throwing the ball – for him to go that extra step, they technically started it. And unfortunately, they tried to finish it. But, well, we see what happens: Pittsburgh ended up finishing it at home.”

Indeed, the Steelers beat the Browns, 20-13, in Pittsburgh on Sunday, as Devlin Hodges threw for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while Benny Snell rushed 16 times for 63 yards and a score. The Browns led 10-0 midway through the second quarter but were outscored 20-3 the rest of the way.

Unsurprisingly, Kitchens was criticized for his clothing statement.

“It’s one of those things where you have to be above that,” Starks said. “As a former Steeler, it just consistently shows the class of the Cleveland Browns.”

With the loss, the Browns – who were trendy Super Bowl picks in the preseason – fell to 5-7. Their playoff hopes? Practically non-existent. 

Do the Browns understand that they have been their own worst enemy this season?

“They don’t believe that,” Starks said. “They have to realize that they’re their own worst enemy. I think they keep thinking it’s bad luck – like they don’t have the lucky rabbit’s foot or they’re missing a good horseshoe or something. But they have to realize they’ve been holding a grenade the entire time and pulled the pin. Every year, it seems like they have to blow it up and start over again.”

The Browns haven’t made the playoffs since 2002.

“I don’t know what the answer is because you went and you bought the offseason, everybody talked about you, you got the buzz, you do Hard Knocks the year before to bring some attention to your team – and you’re still falling flat on your face,” Starks said. “They’re consistently the Bad News Bears.”