Browns settling on offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens as head coach

10 January, 2019, 11:15 | Author: Marlene Myers
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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. His play-calling energized Mayfield, who finished with a rookie record 27 touchdown passes, with 19 of those coming when Kitchens was calling the plays. Generally, clunky-in-attack, the Cleveland Browns' quarterback of the present, fought back claims his attitude was holding the franchise back, namely as a deterrent to landing big name coaches.

At this point, Kitchens, who revamped the team's offense in the season's second half, appears to be the front-runner.

But they didn't settle on interim head coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

We're down to three head-coaching vacancies in the NFL. They (Dorsey) know me well enough.

The 44-year-old Kitchens is the most recent candidate to meet with the Browns, formally interviewing with Dorsey and the committee members on Monday.

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Also, Kitchens designed play calls that played to Mayfield's strengths, allowing the mobile QB to get out of the pocket to make plays and avoid pass rushers.

As the team's success grew, Kitchens never campaigned to be Cleveland's coach but leading a team was always a goal. Under the new leadership, the Browns went 5-3 to finish the season, while the offense and Baker Mayfield took off.

And yet, it's becoming more and more obvious that Kitchens was not the Browns' first choice at the outset of their coaching search. One name that could return is special teams coordinator Amos Jones, who spent time with Kitchens in Arizona on the Cardinals.

An official announcement from the Browns announcing Kitchens is expected later this afternoon.

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