Freddie Kitchens has 'good chance' of being next Browns coach
Jan 10 2019
Kitchens, 44, joined the club before the season as a running backs coach under Hue Jackson and OC Todd Haley and was promoted to OC upon their firings on October 29 on Gregg Williams's staff. Under him was Freddie Kitchens, who ascended to offensive coordinator. During that time, Browns rookie quarterbackBaker Mayfield saw his numbers dramatically improve. With Kitchens serving as the interim offensive coordinator after Todd Haley was sacked, the Browns went 5-3 under the duo, and Baker Mayfield rapidly became one of the most productive quarterbacks in the league.
According to ESPN'sField Yates, in the first eight games without Kitchens as OC, Mayfield was 130-of-223 (56.5%) for 1,471 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions.
There is also no good guess at who could serve as special teams coordinator under Kitchens either. The Browns even asked Stefanski who he would include on his coaching staff, should he get the job, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "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. McCarthy has obvious ties to the Cleveland front office, most-notably general manager John Dorsey, vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith and assistant general manager Eliot Wolf.
In addition to the Browns deciding to promote Kitchens to head coach, the team has made a decision to move on from Gregg Williams and his defensive staff, per ESPN.
This week, Ohio State announced that linebackers coach Bill Davis would be leaving the team to pursue opportunities in the National Football League after one season with the team. The offensive prowess and upside was too great to pass up.
NFL Films produced a short feature on Kitchens a year ago, when he was with the Cardinals, calling him "The most selfless man in the NFL".