for anyone and everyone to hear. Except for running back Duke Johnson.“I’m just going to shoot you straight https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Ricardo-Louis-Jersey ,” coach Freddie Kitchens told reporters on Tuesday regarding defensive tackle Gerald McCoy‘s decision to sign with the Panthers. “We want people that want to be here. We want people that want to be here for the right reasons. Gerald made the best decision that he felt was best for him and his family. I wish Gerald nothing but the best. If there is any reservation at all, we do not want anybody to be here. We do not want any reservation about trying to convince someone to come here. What we are about to do, it is not for everybody. What we are going to attempt to do is not for everybody. It is going to take a lot of hard work and then we will see where we are at. That is all.”Fine. Fair. Sensible. So if that’s how you feel, Freddie, why aren’t you trading Duke Johnson?“He wants to be traded, you know,” Kitchens said. “I want to win the lottery, all right? So it doesn’t matter. He’s a Cleveland Brown. He’s under contract. He’s going to be used to the best of his ability and what benefits the team. And that’s what we’re going with.”So we want people who want to be here, as long as they make their decision on whether they want to be here before they sign a contract. If they change their mind after that, too bad.So there’s a clear conflicting in the messaging, as illustrated by Kitchens’ comments and amplified by quarterback Baker Mayfield‘s “you can get out of the way or you can join us” message from Tuesday. Duke Johnson wants to get out of the way David Njoku Jersey , and the team won’t let him. One of the most successful coaches in college football history and one of the most successful coaches in professional football history were on the same staff in Cleveland in the 1990s, and lessons learned then are still valuable today.Alabama head coach Nick Saban was an assistant to Patriots coach Bill Belichick on the Browns from 1991 t 1994, and Saban said this week that he still uses an important tip from Belichick: Don’t coach players too much.“Good coaches are trying to reinforce players in practice after every play. They’re telling them, ‘You did this well’ or ‘You need to do it this way’ or ‘You made a mental error’ You’re getting corrected, you did a do job, whatever,” Saban said. “Sometimes player are depending on that reinforcement all the time in practice. But in a game, there’s no coach out there. I used to coach like that when I was an assistant. We’d have a scrimmage with the Cleveland Browns and Belichick would chew my butt out, man. He’d say, ‘Let the players play.’ I was like, ‘Wow Larry Ogunjobi Color Rush Jersey , I’ve never had my butt chewed out before for coaching, teaching.’ But I have to say the same thing sometimes to our coaches now. Because there’s a time when you’ve just got to let the players play. Because in a game, they’ve got to know what to do, they’ve got to know how to do it. They can’t depend on somebody else to make a call for them, they can’t depend on somebody else to recognize things for them. So we actually do stuff in practice now, we do team on the field, I make the coaches get off the field. Let the players play.”Belichick and Saban didn’t have a lot of success in Cleveland, but they’ve both shown since then that theirs is a winning approach to coaching.