Browns interviewed Freddie Kitchens on Monday

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The Browns announced on Monday evening that they have wrapped up their head coaching interview with offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens.

General Manager John Dorsey said that Kitchens would interview for the job at the end of the regular season and he joins interim head coach Gregg Williams as current Cleveland employees in the mix for the job.

Kitchens was elevated to the offensive coordinator job when the Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley in the middle of the season. The Browns offense and quarterback Baker Mayfield looked much better once Kitchens took the reins and the Browns have blocked other teams from interviewing Kitchens for another offensive coordinator job in order to leave open the possibility of keeping him even if they hire a different head coach.

Former Lions and Colts coach Jim Caldwell, Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell, Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus are the outside candidates that have interviewed for the job.

10 responses to “Browns interviewed Freddie Kitchens on Monday

  1. Not sure about hiring the guy that chose to throw 4 times, within the 40, down by 2 points, with a Top 10 RB with a 5.2 YPR on the sidelines. Its all about crunch-time decisions, and that series was baffling to say the least.

  2. Yeah, Kitchens did some really good things with the Browns, but, I agree, throwing four times at the 38 at the end of the Ravens game was not his finest hour. A draw, even a screen with that Ravens pass rush bearing down continually would have been interesting calls. It’s 20-20 hindsight, of course. He’s also new at play-calling and has his growing pains just as rookies have. In the end, it’s hard to argue with how he handled Mayfield and designed the offense to suit his skillset. Haley had his own system and expected Mayfield to adapt and we saw how well that worked out.

  3. Likely will be McCarthy or Williams as HC though I coukd see Caldwell there. Everyone else, no.

  4. Unless the interview went badly I think they just might name Kitchens as coach tomorrow. I think Dorsey (Haslam) has already made up his mind and wants to think on it overnight.

    Kitchens has more NFL coaching credentials than anyone else they’ve interviewed,excluding Caldwell,and I think they may have eliminated McCarthy before they’ve even interviewed him.

    They might have even have told Kitchens already so he can more fully enjoy the Alabama/Clemson game…..or not.

  5. to barkhardandloud and pmars64: I may stand corrected, but wasn’t time the pressing element at the time? The Browns were trying to get within Joseph’s kicking range with passes which if incomplete would stop the clock. A run would run more time off the clock, and if an offensive player got hurt it would mean an automatic 10 second run-off. If the Browns could have gotten to the 28 or 30 yard line, Joseph would have tried a FG from 45 or 47 yards…and even that would’ve been a stretch. It was strictly a decision based on the trust in the long distance of the kicker. And that’s why Cleveland needs a good kicker, especially a kicker with the long accuracy of Janakowski, Stover, or Gostkowski. But look what happened when Janakowski pulled a hamstring causing Buelah and the Seahags to lose by 2 points.

  6. I wonder why Arians hasn’t been interviewed. He’s a winner every where he’s been, including the phenomenal job he did as interim with the Colts when Pagano was ill.
    He’s stated for the record how much he’d like to coach in Cleveland. He has worked with Kitchens and would surely keep him as OC and Williams as DC. He’s a legendary quarterback developer. I see nothing but positives with his hire, but,yet, not even an invite?

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