Kitchens was widely criticized for some questionable decisions in the first half of Sunday’s 31-15 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He chose not to run out the clock in the final minutes and the Browns gave up two touchdowns in the last 1:18 before halftime and never recovered.
The Browns have not had a winning season since 2007 or made the playoffs since 2002, the league’s longest current postseason drought.
Kitchens was handed a talented roster, but it hasn’t gelled and the Browns defense has been decimated by injuries and an indefinite suspension for star end Myles Garrett.
Kitchens, though, believes the Browns are close to becoming a good team and feels the experiences of this season will help him and his players going forward.
“I truly feel like I’m my worst critic,” he said. “Whether we win or lose, I try to critique myself. I feel like I’ve got people around me that if I ask them a question, they will answer me honestly. A lot of times as the head coach, you can’t get honest feedback and I think that’s been a benefit I have here.
“I get honest feedback when I ask certain people questions. Every time I go through something I learn from it. My learning progress is continuing to go upward. I think when you get in a situation where it goes downward — then you’re in trouble. I feel like every situation I’ve gone into I’ve learned something.”