CLEVELAND – Cleveland Brown's head coach Freddie Kitchens admitted that it was a "bad call" to draw in the 20:13 defeat of the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
The Browns had the ball on the Rams' 40-yard line in the fourth quarter with a chance to take the lead. But instead of trying to make the first defeat with a Baker Mayfield pass, Kitchens called a draw for Nick Chubb, who was crammed for a 2-yard win.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, no NFL team had attempted a draw on the fourth and ninth or more since at least 2007, when ESPN began to track such calls.
"It just did not work, it was a bad call," said Kitchens, Cleveland's offensive playcaller. "We try to win the game and are on their side. Bad reputation."
With a solid field position, the Rams rode down to shoot a field goal and extend their lead
Mayfield was also asked about the Playcall, but he blamed the execution for being too short came.
"I know what you're going to try is talking about playcalling," Mayfield said. That's why I said that execution is the most important thing, whatever we called, we have to do our job. "
The Browns still had the chance to send the game too late in extra time attacking the Rams 4-yard line with 43 seconds remaining. But after three incompleteness, Mayfield's desperation was picked up in the end zone and the victory for Los Angeles sealed.
Baker Mayfield is rinsed out of the bag and picked up by John Johnson III as the Browns fall on the Rams.
With the Browns still having all three break times, Kitchens was asked why he had not tried to play the ball with Chubb.
"I should have let him go once," Gestand Kitchens. "I should have done it – that's why I'm kicking myself in the ass."
Kitchens, who became Cleveland's interim offensive coordinator in the middle of last season when the Browns stormed down the track, continued to take responsibility for Sunday's defeat, which saw the Browns drop to 1: 2 over the course of the season. "Well, if you want to blame someone, blame me, do not blame any of our players, do not blame any of our other coaches – just blame me, because I can stand it."
"Go ahead and write that I messed up the game , Write your article and say it's my fault that [are] does not look like it did last year. Because it is so. "