Members of the Browns staff have been warned.
First-year Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens said if he hears of any of his assistants or staff members leaking information to the media as an unidentified source, that person will lose his job.
“The days of inside information and the days of unnamed sources and stuff like that have ended. So you’re not going to get information like that, ever. Anybody. And if I ever see it, they’re fired. Immediately. That’s the way we’re running this organization,” Kitchens said, via ProFootballTalk.
Kitchens’ revelation comes after he was asked about former Browns assistant Bob Wylie, who said the Browns should have kept Gregg Williams as head coach and not have hired Kitchens for the job.
However, it’s worth noting that Wylie said that publicly and didn’t hide behind anonymity when he made that comment.
The Browns have been heavily scrutinized for many years because of how bad they’ve been, in large part due to their revolving door at quarterback. This season, many expect the team, coming off a 7-8-1 mark, to be even better under Kitchens, his staff and second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield.
The additions of Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt have heightened the expectations, as well.
But this offseason hasn’t been without controversy — running back Duke Johnson reportedly requested a trade but was denied after the Browns signed Hunt.