New Browns head coach wants his players treating each training camp day as if it was all that mattered.

BEREA  Freddie Kitchens and John Dorsey are willing to say only so much about Browns training camp battles.

Someone asked the head coach what position groups really grab his attention.

"Deep snapper," he said, poker faced and laughing inside. "I hope we can get it back there."

When someone asked about fears the Browns could drown in a sea of hype, Kitchens was willing to say it all.

"I want everybody to understand this," the new head coach said Wednesday in advance of training camp. "Our goal here with the Cleveland Browns as long as I’m here will always be to win the Super Bowl.

"Now that’s the last time I’m going to say that. Just know and make it a given that that’s what I believe to my core, is to win the Super Bowl."

The Browns haven't been to the playoffs since 2002 and have had only one winning season since. Still, Kitchens was willing to go out on that limb in public. With this asterisk:

"You don’t do that by talking about it, and you don’t do that by outside expectations. You do that by putting the expectations on how you prepare on a day-in and day-out basis, keeping your head down and not worrying about the scoreboard."

The scoreboard turns on in the preseason opener against Washington Aug. 8. The first real game will be Sept. 8 against Tennessee.

Kitchens wants his players treating each training camp day as if it was all that mattered.

"Then you can't tell me, 'When do I need to let up?' or, 'When do I need to press a little harder?'" he said. "I want everything they’ve got every time we walk on the field.

"I just want them to get a little bit better tomorrow than they are today. That’s it. And then if we’re doing that enough, we’ll put ourselves in position to be successful.

"What that looks like this year I don’t know. I’ve never predicted anything. But I know what our goal is, and that’s never going to change."

Kitchens was tight ends coach of the Cardinals when they lost a Super Bowl XLIII thriller to Pittsburgh in Februrary of 2009. General manager John Dorsey sat next to Kitchens on Wednesday and sprouted a slight smile at the "Super Bowl Browns."

"My job is to get him as many good football players as I possibly can," said Dorsey, who was with the Packers when they went to two Super Bowls in the 1990s and when they won Super Bowl XLV in Februrary of 2011. "With the talent that this coaching staff has in terms of developing young men, I have no problem with trying to achieve that goal.

"We’re on the first day of training camp. You have a bunch of individuals now, but eventually training camp will develop that team chemistry that is so important to succeed as this season begins. You have a lot of men in that locker room that are truly passionate about the game.

"So now they just come together."

Kitchens joined the Browns as associate head coach/running backs coach in 2018, then became offensive coordinator on a team that went 7-8-1. That was quite a leap from the previous three records of 3-13, 1-15 and 0-16.

He seemed to feel heads turning when he talked about the Super Bowl on Wednesday.

"But I also don’t want them to be scared to go get it," he said.

 

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