Browns reportedly pick coordinator Freddie Kitchens as next coach

Elena Summers
January 10, 2019

Earlier today, after news broke that the Browns were hiring Freddie Kitchens to take over the head coaching job full-time, Les Levine, who was filling in as a host on 92.3 The Fan's Baskin and Phelps, explained that the Browns meant to hire ex-Packer's head coach Mike McCarthy with the stipulation that he keep Kitchens on his staff as offensive coordinator.

Williams took over a Browns team that was 2-5-1 to start the year and put them in playoff contention by December. The interim offensive coordinator took a deadbeat Browns offense and brought it back to life and helped rookie Baker Mayfield on his way to setting the rookie record for touchdown passes in a season; an excellent hire and what we hope will be just the beginning of an extraordinary tandem for years to come.

The 44-year-old Kitchens, who had a dazzling eight-week run as the team's interim offensive coordinator, is finalizing a contract to become Cleveland's ninth coach since the franchise's 1999 rebirth, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

As the team's success grew, Kitchens never campaigned to be Cleveland's coach but leading a team was always a goal.

Kitchens spent 11 seasons with the Cardinals as running backs, quarterbacks and tight ends coach before joining the Browns.

In late November, I wrote a tape piece on the differences Kitchens' offensive concepts made to the Browns, and how fantastic it was that he was able to install a fully-formed, radically diverse offense in the middle of the season that set every defense it faced on edge.

So, as you can see there have been mixed reactions to Kitchens' hiring across the internet.

The name that is most commonly next to Kitchens on an offensive staff is Todd Haley, and there is no way that John Dorsey and Company are allowing within 500 miles of Berea, OH. Here are a few things to know about the new Browns head coach. I'm not going to get involved.

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