Last week, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer caused a stir when he reported that Odell Beckham Jr. told opposing players and coaches "come get me," as in "come get me from the Browns."
And while Beckham declined to address the initial story, which has since been corroborated by subsequent reports, his attitude may have proven infectious with Mike Silver of NFL.com reporting that multiple Browns players yelled the same thing to the opposing sideline during Cleveland's 38-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
According to Silver, one of those players was wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who was involved in a heated exchange with head coach Freddie Kitchens during the fourth quarter of the game.
Silver's tweet is just the latest evidence of what appears to be a disconnect between the Browns' coaching staff and roster this season. In addition to having two star wide receivers who have reportedly asked opponents to have their teams acquire them, regular contributors David Njoku, Rashard Higgins and Damarious Randall have each been made healthy scratches for non-football reasons at different points this season.
The exchange between Landry and Kitchens only helped fuel the idea that the head coach has lost his locker room, although both he and Landry downplayed the incident.
“I just went and asked for the ball,” Landry told reporters after the game. “Just went and asked for the ball, just tried to get involved in the game to help. That’s pretty much it.
“I just went and asked for the ball. I felt like I hadn’t touched the ball since the first quarter. We were inside of 10 minutes left in the fourth and I still hadn’t touched the ball. Well, that play, I touched the ball, so you know.”
Added Kitchens on Monday: “I wouldn’t change Jarvis for anything. Jarvis plays the game with passion, which I love. He is tough. He is physical. He wants to win. When you want to win as badly as Jarvis does, sometimes your emotion gets the best of you. I don’t have a problem with Jarvis. He is one of my favorites the way he plays the game, him as a person and everything.”
Nevertheless, actions speak louder than words. And if Silver's report is correct, it could be an alarming sign for the Browns and the current culture surrounding their team.
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