Cleveland Brown’s head coach Freddie Kitchens met with the media Wednesday morning to discuss his team’s upcoming matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Kitchens made it a point throughout the call to talk about how talent isn’t the driving force for success in the NFL. I transcribed his answers. Here they are.
He’s a very good quarterback. He’s one of the better quarterbacks in the league. He’s been getting the ball out of his hands. They’ve given up, what, one or two sacks this year and that’s it, so he’s been getting the ball out, making a good decision and it seems he has total confidence and control of the offense, so we’ve got our work cut out for us.
The matchup between Myles Garrett vs. Justin Skule
If they’re good enough to play in the NFL, we don’t worry how many starts they have. He’s undoubtedly good enough to play, or I don’t think Kyle wouldn’t play him. Myles tries to get better every time he goes out on the field. He has high expectations for himself, and that doesn’t change according to who he’s playing against.
The 49ers defensive line
“They play hard. They’re very talented. They’re very long, big guys that play with quickness and play hard. I mean, they’ve got I don’t know how many first-rounders they’ve got up there, but there are a lot, and they’re up there for a reason. They’re very deep. They can rotate guys in and out. They’re the best front that we’ve faced this year.”
If Kitchen’s is happy with where the Browns are now, and talent
Everybody in the NFL has talent. With where our talent is, we may be lacking talent in other places. I know I’ve heard that before. We’ve got a lot of talent, but we haven’t done anything yet, we haven’t won anything, we haven’t hoisted any division trophies or anything like that, and that’s what it’s about.
We won a lot of games in Arizona with lesser talent. Talent is not just the key to success, and hopefully, our guys are realizing that. I think our guys do realize that. It has nothing to do with talent. There are a lot of talented teams out there. There’s going to be only so many with winning records, division championships, and Super Bowls.
Just about every year, the team that wins the Super Bowl is not the most talented team. It’s the team that believes in each other, that holds each other accountable, that rely on each other and then go out and play well. That’s usually who wins.
It has nothing to do with talent at all. Hell, this is the National Football League. Everybody is talented. Some are more talented than others. That doesn’t guarantee you success.
Kitchen’s also talked about how Antonio Callaway will fill in for Jarvis Landry, something we mentioned earlier on Tuesday. Kitchens admitted it’s “very hard” to replace Landry’s production. He also took a subtle jab at the Ravens when talking about Odell Beckham Jr. Kitchens was asked about OBJ’s two-catch game, to which he replied “if people want to double him, and grab him and hold him when he gets down the field, it’s hard to get him the ball.