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Reports surface about Freddie Kitchens & Todd Monken trying to work things out

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Much like the Duke Johnson headline earlier, we also had a second story come out on Thursday about the Cleveland Browns, this time regarding the working relationship between head coach Freddie Kitchens and offensive coordinator Todd Monken. First, let’s start with what Mike Silver of the NFL Network said about Monken’s transition to Cleveland “not going as smoothly as planned.”

Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer added this information as a follow-up to Silver’s report, downplaying Kitchens’ greater role on offense as a normal part of the offseason process:

Kitchens has been doing more in offensive meetings the past few weeks, but only because he’s been gathering input from all the assistants and must make decisions on how the scheme will ultimately play out, a source told cleveland.com.

It’s important sometimes not to read too much into details. It’s easy to hear that things with Monken “aren’t going as smoothly as planned,” but that’s not a bad thing. There are so many tasks at work in which I optimistically think one way, and then once I start diving into it, I realize, “ah, crap, this has some more moving pieces than I expected.” And, the fact that Monken is adapting the offense to mesh his scheme with Kitchens’ scheme, it should be expected that there would be some bumps in the road. The surprise would be if things did go extremely smooth, right? Lane Adkins of The OBR echos this mentality:

So, like I said to kick off the Duke Johnson post, it is definitely the offseason!