The Cleveland Browns appear to be the latest team to hire a new head coach. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the team is tabbing offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to be its new leader.
Kitchens was hired by the Browns before the season as the assistant head coach/running backs coach but was promoted after head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired midseason.
The Browns went 5-3 with Kitchens as offensive coordinator, and he appeared to have a rapport with rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield.
The 44-year-old Kitchens has been an NFL assistant since 2006. He also played quarterback for Alabama in the 1990s.
This hire seemed to be in the works since yesterday, as Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reported Tuesday that signs were pointing toward Kitchens being the guy. Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski was also reported to be a finalist.
Freddie Kitchens will be named new Browns head coach later today, per sources.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 9, 2019
After going 1-31 in 2016 and 2017, the Browns went 7-8-1 this season, with Mayfield establishing himself as a Rookie of the Year candidate.
The seven wins was the most in a single season for the franchise since 2014.