Though the team has yet to announce it, there are several reports that Freddie Kitchens will be the new head coach for the Cleveland Browns. They won seven games in 2018 and hired offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens as their next head coach.
Kitchens was promoted to offensive coordinator midway through the season after coach Hue Jackson and OC Todd Haley were fired.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport previously reported that Williams was not considered a "front runner" for the job.
As the team's success grew, Kitchens never campaigned to be Cleveland's coach but leading a team was always a goal. Ken Whisenhunt was the head coach for most of the years that Kitchens was in Arizona, and he would be considered for the job, except that he is now running a pretty successful offense in Los Angeles for the Chargers.
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We're down to three head-coaching vacancies in the NFL. Perhaps more importantly, Kitchens oversaw the successful rookie season of quarterback Baker Mayfield. "I like it here a lot, and everybody around here knows that I like it here", Kitchens told Ohio.com.
But the franchise appears to be turning a page on their awful past.
Kitchens, 44, interviewed with the Browns on Monday, and interim head coach Gregg Williams also interviewed for the job last week.
While Williams helped galvanize the coaching staff and team to salvage what appeared to be a lost season, his defense did not finish well in a few statistical categories - 29th overall, 24th against the rush and 27th against the pass but they finished second to Chicago in takeaways with 30. Given his inexperience, a rise from graduate assistant to National Football League offensive coordinator in the span of two years is an awfully risky chance to take. One name that could return is special teams coordinator Amos Jones, who spent time with Kitchens in Arizona on the Cardinals.