Browns Hiring OC Freddie Kitchens As Head Coach, Broncos Hiring Fangio


Kitchens, who was a three-year starting quarterback at Alabama, wasn't afraid to be creative as he used wide receiver Jarvis Landry on running plays and to throw passes, and he got major production from rookie running back Nick Chubb, left tackle Greg Robinson and receiver Breshad Perriman - three players under-utilized by Jackson and Haley.

Baker Mayfield pre-Freddie Kitchens as his OC: 130-of-223 (56.5%), 1,471 yards, 8 TD, 6 INT.

He was promoted to the Vikings OC spot from quarterbacks coach when John DeFilippo was sacked with three games to play in the season.

Another source said the Browns already have decided they are keeping several assistant coaches.

With the Browns reportedly promoting Kitchens from offensive coordinator to head coach, the first-year defensive coordinator in Eberflus will be returning to the Colts in 2019.

My understanding is that two finalists for the #Browns head coach job are Freddie Kitchens and Kevin Stefanski.

The Browns will be looking for Kitchens to turn around their fortunes going forward and are hoping that by making him their head coach, he can continue to develop Mayfield into top quarterback.

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.

The Browns went 5-3 in the second half of the season and finished with a 7-8-1 record. Not bad for a guy who had never been an offensive coordinator at any level of football before he took over for Haley. Previous special teams coordinator Amos Jones and Kitchens have a long history of serving together, but it is safe to say that the city of Cleveland and Browns fans everywhere were not disappointed to see him dismissed and hope him the best as he will probably skip to Tampa Bay with Arians as well.