Freddie Kitchens believes Odell Beckham’s passion can make the Browns elite

The NFL Network cameras caught up with rookie Browns coach Freddie Kitchens at the coach’s breakfast during the NFL owners meetings in Arizona on Tuesday. The coach is a popular man these days with the buzz surrounding his Browns and the shiny new toys he’s been given to work with by GM John Dorsey.

Speaking of Odell Beckham Jr., Kitchens noted “he’s been a great player for a long time but has not been on very good teams. Just because you’re a great player doesn’t mean your team is going to be great.”

Kitchens was echoing the cautionary words of Ravens cohort John Harbaugh, who called the Browns the most talented team in the AFC North.

The Browns coach elaborated more on the difference between having talent and being a great team and why he believes Beckham will help Cleveland become an elite team with his talent.

“Let me tell you something: there’s a lot of people with talent that doesn’t succeed as a team. The NFL is full of talented players thrown together as a team an expected to win. It doesn’t happen like that.”

Kitchens, wearing a Brownie the Elf hat with his collared shirt and sport jacket, continued,

“The difference between being good and elite is the passion that separates those two. We are going to play with passion, we’re going to practice with passion, we’re going to meet with passion. I think we’ve surrounded ourselves with a bunch of passionate people. I don’t mind passion (speaking of Beckham’s spirited history) at all. Because that puts you in an elite category.”

Kitchens does not seem concerned with some of the media speculation that Beckham is difficult to work with or a problem in the locker room.

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