BEREA, Ohio — Browns receiver Jarvis Landry walked into the Steelers game with a “Revenge’’ hoodie on and walked out furious that he didn’t get a chance to exact any in the 20-13 loss.
Landry, who’s tried to put this passing game on his back in recent weeks, got into a heated exchange with quarterbacks coach Ryan Lindley on the sidelines immediately after Joe Haden picked off a pass intended for him with 1:06 left in the game.
The pass sailed high and wide outside of Landry’s reach, and Haden dove for it and made the rolling catch.
Immediately afterward, Landry and Lindley got into a heated exchange on the sidelines presumably over the miscommunication on the play, and linebacker Christian Kirksey stepped in try to calm Landry down.
“I think this is an emotional game, and Jarvis is an emotional player,’’ said coach Freddie Kitchens. “We like to coach with emotion and passion. I don’t think that’s a big deal. I think that’s part of the game. Our guys put a lot into this game, so anytime you see it not happening or unfolding the way you want it to unfold, of course, there’s going to be passion and stuff that is exuded out. That’s understandable. That’s what makes Jarvis such a special player.”
Landry, who caught a game-high six passes on 11 targets for 76 yards, didn’t stick around in the locker room to talk after the game, but it’s not the first time this season he’s wanted to cool off before talking to the media. Odell Beckham Jr., who caught only 3-of-6 targets for 29 yards, also was gone before reporters entered the locker room, which is unlike him.
Asked what happens on the play, Kitchens, said “anytime you have a big play like that in a game, the first thing people want to point to is miscommunication and stuff like that. We are going to continue to work hard on our communication in those critical moments.”
He declined to specify if it was an errant route or a bad toss.
“Like I said, we are going to continue to work on our communication.”
Landry, who caught 10 passes for 148 yards and two TDs in the 41-24 victory over the Dolphins last week, made a highlight-reel sideline reception at the Steelers’ 11 in the first quarter on which he laid out for the ball and kept both feet inbounds. The play was first ruled an incompletion but reversed upon Kitchens’ challenge.
Unfortunately for the Browns, they couldn’t punch it in and had to settle for a field goal. But it was clear how much this game meant to Landry, and his emotions boiled over on that interception, the sixth time this season a Mayfield pass intended for him was picked off.
Beckham, held to yardage in the 20s for the third time this season, also showed some frustration in the fourth quarter after a 19-yard catch to kick off a drive. He yelled something over the sidelines as if to say, “This is what I’m capable of.” It was his third and final catch of the game, and the Browns settled for a field goal that time too, finishing 1-for-3 in the red zone.
“Yeah, I did not see any barking,’’ said Kitchens. “I don’t know what that is. I certainly did not hear anything, but Odell has done a good job of keeping his emotions in check. I want him to play with passion on the field. I want him to get balls, too.”
Kitchens said the plan was to go deep to Beckham more, but the Steelers wouldn’t allow it.
“There were a couple of opportunities there, but yes, our plan was to hit him down the field more,’’ he said. “We couldn’t hold up as much. We didn’t think we would have all day, but we thought we could pick and choose.
“You still have to continue to try to throw the ball down the field, even whatever the rush so we had some chips and stuff that we would have been able to get it off. I always want Odell involved more. I always want Jarvis involved more. I want (RB) Nick (Chubb) and (RB) Kareem (Hunt) involved more. Everybody is special in each and every game.”
It’s been a common theme this season, and a reason the Browns are 5-7 and clinging to the slimmest of playoff hopes.
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