Freddie Kitchens is Losing Control of His Team and the Browns Penalty Numbers Are Damning

CLEVELAND, OHIO - NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns walks on the field before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 14, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that the Cleveland Browns have a discipline problem, and it starts at the top.

After acquiring Odell Beckham Jr. in a trade last spring, many expected great things from the Browns, with some even projecting them to be Super Bowl contenders. The pent up frustration from failing to live up to those expectations is making its way onto the field.

Well, it's safe to say that probably won't happen, if they even make the playoffs.

The tandem of Baker Mayfield and Odell has been a complete flop, but there are other reasons why this squad hasn't lived up to expectations, including the lack of control Freddie Kitchens has over his team.

After the Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph helmet debacle on Thursday, some of the blame was directed towards Kitchens for not maintaining a semblance of discipline with his football team. In fact, Cleveland's penalty numbers are downright damning.

Cleveland leads or are near the top of the NFL in almost every penalty category possible. The franchise hasn't had this many since the 1978 season.

Kitchens has to be held accountable for not putting his foot down, especially with a roster full of eccentric personalities. Perhaps he's just not the right man for the job.