Browns huddle in search for coach; Kitchens seen as favorite

10 January, 2019, 11:16 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Freddie Kitchens

To what should be all of Cleveland's relief, it was reported that Freddie Kitchens will be promoted to head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

However, just one day before the report of Kitchens taking the reigns in Cleveland, Bruce Arians finalized a deal to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, taking most of his staff from his previous tenure in Arizona with him.

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.

After conducting interviews with seven candidates in seven days, general manager John Dorsey and members of the team's search committee, which includes owner Jimmy Haslam, were not expected to meet with anyone on Tuesday and could be evaluating their next move.

"When you cause a defense to flinch a little bit or if you cause the defense to overthink a little bit, then maybe you have them on their heels instead of their toes", Williams said of Kitchens in late November, per ESPN's Pat McManamon.

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Kitchens is the fourth coach hired by the Haslams since they bought the team in 2012.

In the eight games as offensive coordinator, he was responsible for further developing quarterback Baker Mayfield.

But the franchise appears to be turning a page on their frightful past.

The 44-year-old Alabama native has an interesting past. Not bad for a guy who had never been an offensive coordinator at any level of football before he took over for Haley. In the last three games in Cleveland, Kitchens led the Browns offense to the second best passing offense and the 13th ranked rushing offense on a yards per game basis. What's not as well-known is pretty much anything else about the Browns' new head coach, who started the season in relative obscurity as an assistant under Hue Jackson.

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