Freddie Kitchens has 'good chance' of being Browns' next coach, report says

Heather Diaz
January 10, 2019

Browns GM John Dorsey spoke highly of Kitchens' ability to improve the offense during his post-season press conference. Perhaps more importantly, Kitchens oversaw the successful rookie season of quarterback Baker Mayfield. I'm not going to get involved. They ended the year 5-3 and scored below 20 points just twice - it happened four times in the first eight games under Haley.

The Cleveland Browns selected offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to be their new head coach Wednesday.

Kitchens becomes the Browns' ninth permanent coach since 2000. "They know how we played at the end of the season, especially offensively", said Mayfield following the Browns' Week 17 loss against the Ravens regarding the coaching search.

They finished the season 7-8-1, marking their highest win percentage since 2007. Gregg Williams was promoted to interim head coach, while Kitchens was bumped to offensive coordinator.

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Some names to consider that are now on the Browns offensive staff that could appear as the offensive coordinator include senior offensive assistant Al Saunders, wide receivers coach Adam Henry, and running backs coach Ryan Lindley; it has been announced that quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese will not return under Kitchens, eliminating him from the conversation. "I always felt like I lived life every day like it could be your last, but what an incident like that makes you realize and thankful for are the friends that you have", Kitchens told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram in November.

Kitchens, who had his interview Monday, was one of seven candidates in the first round of interviews. Jones is a Bruce Arians disciple. Stefanski was the only known candidate to receive a second interview, which came on Tuesday January 8.

Kitchens will be officially named this afternoon.

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