Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Cleveland Browns Hire Freddie Kitchens As Their New Head Coach

Cleveland Browns Hire Freddie Kitchens As Their New Head Coach

Early Wednesday afternoon, John Dorsey and the Browns announced that former running backs coach and interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens would be their head coach going forward.

One week into their expansive coaching search, the Browns are huddling.

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

Before Kitchens took over the offense, the Browns ranked 29 in Football Outsiders' opponent-adjusted passing metrics.

"(They) wanted to hire Mike McCarthy as head coach with stipulation Freddie Kitchens remain with team as OC, McCarthy declined", Les Levine reported on 92.3 The Fan today.

Dorsey has tightly guarded his plans during the search, much the way he did leading into the National Football League draft when he stunned experts by selecting quarterback Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick.

Under the direction of Kitchens, rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield flourished, completing 68.4 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns, eight interceptions and five sacks while leading the Browns to a 5-3 finish.

Both men were promoted to offensive coordinator in the middle of the season.

The most interesting name is Ryan Lindley, who not only is connected to Kitchens through this Browns job, but he was also a quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals from 2012-2014 while Kitchens was on staff.

He revamped the offensive scheme, using multiple formations and tweaking the game plan to include calls that he knew his players were comfortable running.

It's pretty obvious that the Browns greatly valued the presence of Kitchens within the Browns locker room.

"I didn't have a dad as a coach". "I grew up the son of a tiremaker at Goodyear Tire and Rubber plant in Gadsden, Alabama".

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