Freddie Kitchens on Cleveland Browns Hype, Odell Beckham

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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) -- Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens surprised "The Ken Carman Show With Anthony Lima" on Tuesday morning by calling in to discuss the team.

Kitchens responded to weekend comments from Browns second-round draft pick Greedy Williams, who predicted the Browns would be in the Super Bowl

“I understand the excitement, I appreciate the excitement," Kitchens said. "We’re just not going to be in the prediction business.”

After the Browns drafted Austin Seibert in the fifth round on Saturday, Kitchens was asked whether kickers should be drafted.

“Can they? Yes. Should they? Yes,” Kitchens said, adding it’s about roster competition. “We’re in a collaborative effort here with the Cleveland Browns and heading in the direction we want to go.”

The hosts also asked Kitchens about about Browns GM John Dorsey giving players with red flags -- such as Kareem Hunt, who was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs after he was seen on video shoving and kicking a woman -- a second chance.

“One of the biggest signs of bravery is showing your scars (admitting mistakes)," Kitchens said. "I don’t ever want to be reactive. I want to be proactive.”

As Browns QB Baker Mayfield heads into his second year with the team after an explosive rookie year, Kitchens said he is confident in his young leader.

“I don’t have to teach Baker how to lead," Kitchens said. "I think you either have it or you don’t. We want to enable them (leaders) and give them a platform to lead.”

There's also been plenty of talk about wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., acquired last month in a blockbuster trade with the New York Giants, not being at voluntary mini-camp. So Kitchens was sure to address that.

“I’m not going to blow smoke anywhere. Of course I’d like to have Odell here, Duke (Johnson) here," Kitchens said. "When we signed Odell, we knew that was going to happen. Odell is very engaged. He talks to Baker, myself, Jarvis (Landry).”

Kitchens added some humor to the interview as well.

“It’s all about family for me outside the office. I try to keep balance," Kitchens said. "Attending lacrosse games, horse competitions. I do own a cowboy hat, but I wouldn’t say I wear it too often.”