Browns reportedly pick coordinator Freddie Kitchens as next coach

Browns reportedly pick coordinator Freddie Kitchens as next coach

Browns reportedly pick coordinator Freddie Kitchens as next coach

The Cleveland Browns may have their next head coach almost decided.

Offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens will move up as Cleveland's head coach, according to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources. She says signs are pointing to that outcomes.

Kitchens was promoted from Cleveland's running backs coach to offensive coordinator - his first time holding a coordinator position - in Week 9 of the regular season, and rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield thrived after the change.

While many fans were surprised that Williams was passed over given the Browns' resurgence to end the season, others viewed the Kitchens hiring as a smart move - as another National Football League team may have offered him a head coaching job had the Browns not promoted him.


The Browns know that all too well after hiring general manager John Dorsey during the 2017 season and forcing him to stick with Hue Jackson and his 1-31 record in two seasons, for 2018. Under Kitchens, Mayfield went 5-3, completing 68.4 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns, eight interceptions and five sacks.

Kitchens becomes the 17th head coach in the history of the Browns and the ninth head coach since the re-birth of the Browns in 1999. "Cleveland and I get along well". It just so happens that Davis and Kitchens were on the same coaching staff in Arizona from 2007-2010, where Davis served as the linebackers coach for the first two years, and the defensive coordinator for the latter two; Davis's defenses ranked among the middle of the pack during his two-year stint as the defensive coordinator. Jones is a Bruce Arians disciple.

Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com also reported that offensive line coach Bob Wylie, linebackers coach Blake Williams, assistant defensive backs Jerod Kruse, tight ends coach Greg Seamon, assistant defensive backs coach Jerod Kruse, offensive quality control coach Brian Braswell, offensive assistant Al Saunders, assistant offensive line coach Mark Hutson, defensive quality control coach Eric Sanders, and special teams assistant Josh Cribbs were also not retained.

The Browns think so much of Kitchens that they blocked other teams from interviewing him.

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