Tight Ends Coach Freddie Kitchens
December 24, 2020
Q: You have a Pro Bowler in your room. What have you learned about Evan (Engram) this year? What have you seen that’s allowed him to achieve that goal, that honor?
A: Well, I think line one with Evan is he’s a competitor, he works hard every day, comes to work every day, he’s never had a bad day from a standpoint of effort and enthusiasm for the game and stuff like that. Evan loves football, and that allows him to put his best foot forward each and every day, and that enables him to get better each and every day in all aspects of his game.
Q: Should I read into the fact that we’re talking to you again this week? Does this mean you’re calling plays on Sunday?
A: No, it doesn’t mean that at all. It just means that Jason (Garrett) is still in the whatever the protocol is.
Q: Secondly, how did it feel to be sending the plays in on Sunday? What did you think went well? What did you think didn’t? Just curious about how you felt the flow of the offense went?
A: I thought the flow was fine. This game is all about winning, and we didn’t win the game. That’s what matters the most.
Q: It seemed like you guys were more aggressive throwing the ball down the field than in other games this season. What do you attribute that to?
A: I don’t know that we were. It’s just we had a plan against Cleveland, and I thought we went out and tried to execute that plan. That was just part of our plan that we put together collectively.
Q: Can you talk a little bit about the importance of being physical on Sunday? Baltimore is traditionally a team that kind of thrives that way. Can you beat them at their own game that way to a degree?
A: The way we try to be offensively, defensively, special teams, everything, we try to be physical in our own right. I think there are certainly examples of that on tape throughout the year. This game is not like any other from the standpoint of we’re going to try to be physical. The game of football is a tough game played by tough people. Tough people usually have a good chance to win if you’re physical, you know what to do, you know how to do it, and then you make the plays when it’s necessary to make the plays. That doesn’t change. It doesn’t matter who we play.
Q: Just to clarify your answer to the earlier question about the play calling on Sunday. Is the plan to have Jason do it or is that still up in the air? What’s going on?
A: Jason’s our play caller, our offensive coordinator. I would direct all of those questions to Joe (Judge). We’re looking forward to getting Jason back. He’s been in every Zoom meeting with us. We don’t have a meeting without him. He’s kind of our leader on offense. I would direct all those speculative questions, not to dismiss it by any chance, to Joe. But we’re looking forward to Jason coming back.
Q: For Christmas, does this offense need a little bit of help from Santa? You have like 13 points in the last two games. What is missing?
A: I guess Santa, I don’t know. You said it. That’s a pretty good analogy you made there, that’s in the Christmas spirit, I guess. Offensive football is about trying to get these guys in position to make plays, and then making plays. I think overall, we need to do a better job as a coaching staff getting them in a position to make plays. Then when they have the opportunities, we need to make the plays. That’s what it comes down to. Each and every week, it doesn’t change. It’s the same. You try to get them in position, and then they have to do it. This game is about the player. The player has to make the play. The coach has to put him in a position to make the play. That’s what we try to do on a weekly basis. Sometimes we do a better job than others. We try to do a great job each and every week.
Q: Is it consistency in making those plays, though, that’s missing?
A: I think we’re all about the end result, and if you don’t get the result that you want, which is a W, then undoubtedly you didn’t make enough of those plays. I hope that answers your question.
Q: Any nostalgia for you going against the Browns? What was that like for you personally?
A: When you’re in this business long enough, you understand that you always have relationships and things like that on the other sideline. It’s no different from that standpoint. I’m glad I’m here with the New York Giants. I’m glad I coach the guys that I coach, and I’m glad I’m a part of this staff, first and foremost. I love coming to work every day here. For me, every week you can kind of put your emotions aside, your personal emotions aside, and you try to do what’s best for the team. That’s what I try to do.
Q: How close were you? Offensively I’m talking about. You guys, it looked like you had a chance to hit some big plays there. Maybe the ball hung up a little long or it was a pressure. But it seemed like you were close. Is that sort of the way you felt, that you had opportunities there?
A: As an offensive staff, I think we did a good job of… I think we tried to execute the plan that we had in place. I thought at the end of the day, we were close. But close doesn’t matter. Close doesn’t matter. It’s all about the end result, and that’s all I have to say about that.