Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens has been outspoken about his love for the city since he joined the team earlier this year.
Last week, he explained how well he got along with Cleveland. On Thursday, he compared the city's passion for the Browns with the passion Alabama fans exhibit for the Crimson Tide.
Specifically, Kitchens loves the Dawg Pound, which he said has been true since he grew up watching Bernie Kosar play in front of it during the 1980s. Kitchens wore an orange "Dawg Pound" hoodie with white block letters during his press conference Thursday, just as he's done on the sideline in recent weeks.
"I know I am from Alabama, but I loved the Dawg Pound ever since back in the mid-80s when (former Browns QB) Bernie (Kosar) was playing and things like that," Kitchens said. "I really loved the Dawg Pound, but I like the sweatshirt. My daughters like the sweatshirt, and honestly, that is the reason why I wear it is because my daughters like the sweatshirt."
— Of the many Damarious Randall-isms that proved true this season, one of the DB's proclamations will go unchallenged: We won't know how dangerous the Browns will be in the 2018 playoffs.
That doesn't mean this winning stretch is pointless, though. Randall believes the Browns have infused positive consistency into the franchise, a valuable tool for a team that's experienced so much losing in recent years. He believes momentum carries over from one season to the next, and that finishing with a winning record would prove a positive stepping stone for the franchise.
Oh, and he left the podium with one more Randall-ism to monitor.
"Next year, look out," Randall said.
— DB Denzel Ward (concussion) missed Thursday's practice. DT Larry Ogunjobi (biceps), C JC Tretter (ankle) and LB Tanner Vallejo (hamstring) participated in limited fashion.