The Browns dropped to 5-7 on Sunday after their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Plenty of things happened before this game, including Browns coach Freddie Kitchens wearing a shirt reading “Pittsburgh started it” earlier in the week.
The shirt referenced the brawl between the teams two weeks ago when Myles Garrett hit Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with a helmet.
Asked after the game about the shirt, Kitchens said it didn’t cause the team to lose the game or affect their preparation to play.
“I wore a T-shirt,” Kitchens said. “I wore a jacket with it. My daughters wanted me to wear the shirt. I’d wear it again. I put on a jacket, I covered it up, I took a picture, that was simple as that. A shirt didn’t cause us to give up 40-yard passes.
Steelers players blasted Kitchens after the game for putting his team in a bad position.
“I thought it was pretty stupid,” Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “That’s a lot of bulletin board material. I don’t know why you do that as a coach. I just don’t get that. Of course it’s going to motivate us. What are you thinking? It’s just not smart.”
Steelers guard Ramon Foster said:
“I know that our coach never would have done anything like that. “Why throw gas? When you do something like that, you throw your players in harms way. He’s not on the field. You throw your players in harms way when you do stuff like that with a vengeance. And I hate that for them.”
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