A smile crept across Freddie Kitchens’ face as he was asked about his upcoming, head coaching debut Sunday against the Titans.
Kitchens, though, wasn’t thinking about the 1 p.m. kickoff at FirstEnergy Stadium. He was thinking about Wednesday’s practice.
“I know you guys do not believe me, but truly, I am only worried about today and going out and having the best practice that we can have today. I will worry about Sunday when it gets here. Hell, we have five days I think until Sunday,” Kitchens said. “I know this, if we do not do our work and get what we need to out of Wednesday’s practice, Sunday is not going to matter, same with tomorrow and same with Friday. We are going to focus on today, same as me, same as our other coaches, same as our equipment guys, same as our trainers.
“Everybody is focused on today and doing their best job for the Browns and these fans, today.”
In 2019, Color Rush is no more. Instead, the popular uniform that features brown jerseys with orange numbers and orange stripes and brown pants with those same orange stripes will be the Browns’ Primary Colors presented by Sherwin-Williams. The Browns will wear the uniforms 6 times in 2019.
In various ways, shapes and forms, Kitchens was asked a multitude of questions about Sunday’s game. His excitement was gauged on more than one occasion, and he simply came back to the same message.
Wednesday’s practice mattered more than anything.
“I like the process of getting ready for the game,” Kitchens said. “I like the process when the light clicks for receivers, for defensive backs or if they learn something new. If you are going to motivate someone, teach them something they do not know, watch them go have success with it, they will come back for more. That is called motivation. I am excited to try and teach these guys. Our coaches are excited to teach these guys and then go watch them implement it, have success and then come back for more. That is how you build trust between the coaching staff and a player."
-- Kitchens indicated offensive coordinator Todd Monken wasn’t the only assistant who called plays at some point during the preseason.
The plan for the regular season, though, hasn’t changed. Kitchens will be the play-caller.
-- Every member of the Browns’ 53-man roster was on the field for Wednesday’s practice. It was a long preseason, and a number of players dealt with bumps and bruises throughout it, but the Browns are healthy at the right time.
Tack on the players who didn’t play much at all during the preseason, and that’s why Kitchens was saying “it looked like a totally different team.”
“We still have to take it to the game on Sunday,” Kitchens said. “But more importantly we need to take it back to the practice field today and keep preparing.”