Freddie Kitchens has 'good chance' of being Browns' next coach, report says

Freddie Kitchens has 'good chance' of being Browns' next coach, report says

Cleveland interviewed 7 candidates for the job before deciding to hire Kitchens on Wednesday.

The Browns' offense thrived with Kitchens as offensive coordinator, with rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield and rookie running back Nick Chubb both finishing their rookie campaigns with record-setting seasons.

Kitchens and Mayfield formed a strong relationship during their time together, and Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam along with general manager John Dorsey are counting on the pair taking Cleveland to new heights.

According to ESPN's Field 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.

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.

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Some names to consider that are now on the Browns offensive staff that could appear as the offensive coordinator include senior offensive assistant Al Saunders, wide receivers coach Adam Henry, and running backs coach Ryan Lindley; it has been announced that quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese will not return under Kitchens, eliminating him from the conversation.

After starting the season at 2-5-1, the Browns finished their year at 5-3 following the coaching change, matching their best win total in a decade.

With Kitchens in charge of the Browns' offense, they led the NFL in yards per play (6.86), tied for the league lead in yards per pass attempt (8.72), were fourth in yards per game (395.1), fourth in passing yards per game (285.9) and the 23.75 points per game ranked 14th over the final 8 games.

"I like it here and I like it here a lot, and everybody around here knows that I like it here", Kitchens said last month.

Moreover, Kitchens' story gave him a strength many first-time head coaches may not have. I'm not going to get involved. Back when he was on Bruce Arians' staff in Arizona in 2013, he felt two pops in his chest, his vision blurred, and he went numb.

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