After the Browns lost to the Patriots on Sunday, Cleveland receiver Odell Beckham Jr. expressed regret that the offense "scared off" challenging "New England corner-kicker Stephon Gilmore". On Monday, Brown's coach Freddie Kitchens shied away from publicly challenging Beckham.
But it seems to be clear that Kitchens was not enthusiastic about the remarks a question about Beckham's comments. "He caught five of them. I do not answer. We have to win a football game. That's what I'm worried about. "
That's fine, but kitchens should also be concerned about the pressure Beckham continues to inflict on the offense to bring the football to him instead of allowing it to be distributed to whomever at all times. The problem is that Beckham, like so many other great receivers in the past, present, and future, believes he is open, even if he is not.
And so Beckham has no qualms if the Browns lose five out of seven games over expressing complaints about five catches at seven goals because he sincerely believes the Browns would win more games if the team gave him the Ball would get more frequent. In Beckham's brain there is a correlation between him who does not get the ball as often as he wants and kitchens that do not win as often as he wants.
Ultimately, one may wonder if Beckham wants to turn the clock back to March and be traded to a team other than the Browns, because the relationship definitely did not develop as he and many others had imagined. It's also fair to wonder if kitchens or anyone else at the Browns privately wants the deal never to have taken place.