Browns fire Freddie Kitchens

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Freddie Kitchens is one-and-done in Cleveland.

The Browns fired Kitchens today after finishing the 2019 season with a 6-10 record, PFT has confirmed.

The news doesn’t come as a surprise, as the Browns were one of the NFL’s most disappointing teams this season. The preseason hype was off the charts in Cleveland, and many fans, bettors and members of the media expected the Browns to make the playoffs. Instead, they were never in contention.

At the same time, it’s hard not to wonder how the Browns can ever succeed if they keep making changes so quickly. Since Jimmy Haslam bought the team, only one coach has been given a third year — and that was Hue Jackson, whose tenure in Cleveland was a disaster.

Now it’s back to the drawing board for Cleveland, where the Browns need to find someone who can take a roster that looks talented on paper and turn it into a much better team than 6-10.

137 responses to “Browns fire Freddie Kitchens

  1. Was a good play caller but too much responsibility and not much experience. He had a ton of personalities too. An experienced coach would do better with that talent and those characters. Kitchens probably will resurface as a OC

  2. There is no “back to the drawing board.” There is no “how can they ever succeed if…”

    Kitchens was not the guy. All this talent, no discipline, no offensive or defensive identity. In my world you push the eject button now. Don’t waste the talent you have. Freddie did.

    Good riddance.

  3. Noooooo!!! Say it ain’t so!! He was one of the best things about the NFL this year. He single handedly drove 50% of the best comments on PFT this year. Jerruh alone was his only equal for driving quality content on this site

  4. Cleveland, as a city, is an embarrassment to the entire country. Freddie “cheeseburger” kitchens was not ready for primetime. Baker “running from the cops” mayfield is a bust. OBJ had one catch, ONE CATCH, and everyone thought he was the new jerry rice. Burn the whole franchise to the ground.

  5. Freddie wasn’t ready to be a head coach. That part isn’t on him, but on the Browns’ management seeing something shiny. The problem going forward is how undisciplined this immensely talented team has become under Mr. Kitchens, and finding someone who has the chops to put it all together.

    Maybe they’ll get it right this time. Maybe?

  6. If you hadn’t worn the shirt you may have survived. It just showed a low class that was too low to overcome

  7. Well that didn’t take long now did it? Welcome to Cleveland Mike McCarthy good luck with that locker room…Oh yea it’s gonna be McCarthy you can bank on that

  8. I had high hopes but he showed just how unqualified and egotistical he is with the T shirt and refusal to let the O/C call plays for even one game. Bye Felicia.

  9. As a browns fan this is a disaster. Getting a broken down slow OBJ made alot of media and fans think that having OBJ some how made us good. A 5’10 we isnt winning a playoff game with no line. Faral flew this season was dealing with New York giants. They fleeced dorsey, then fleeced the fans and media, selling us thatnobj would save the browns. Freddie had no chance this year unless we were flawless. Browns need a line and WR over 6 ft, I pray mike McCarthy doesnt come here. I will quit being a fan. I camt deal with McCarthy, he doesnt run and barely could win with Rodgers.

  10. Didn’t understand why they fired Greg williams, he did a great job last year, should have been given another year.

  11. In other news the NFL has booked Baker Mayfield for 10,000 commercial spots in advance of the 2020 season in hopes that the new Browns coach will do a better job than Kitchens.

  12. If firing coaches led to winning, the Browns would be the team of the decade. This owner just can’t seem to figure it out. I don’t know who he’s talking to or who is advising him but he needs to stop talking to others and figure it out on his own.

  13. He will succeed elsewhere following Paul B, Bill, Ozzie, Don, Chuck, Romeo, Mike, and all the others who found fortune and success after putting Leaveland in the rear view mirror.

  14. Back to the drawing board? The roster is playoff caliber if given an experienced HC. Browns are a lot closer than more than a handful of teams

  15. Yet Dave Shula 2.0 gets a pass in Cincinnati. Cincinnati….the only place more dysfunctional than Cleveland.

  16. The franchise lives up to its name as the color of its quality product. I wonder if they can the licensing rights to put that appropriate emoji on its helmet…

  17. Prolly a nice guy . fun to have a couple beers with but in over his head as a HC . he should have never got the job in the first place . Dorsey im looking at you . Dorsey could be next .

  18. Nice to see so many “wonderful” football fans dance on the grave of a nice guy. All I know is that, as a longtime Browns fan, I’m starting to lose hope. They will soon have their 7th head coach in the past 10 years while the Steelers have had three in fifty years. And still no hope in sight, given the owner we’re stuck with. He’s a cross between Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones. Yikes! But, as the SF owner once said, “You can’t fire the owner.” Sad, but true.

  19. This was a necessary move as Browns had made a high risk high reward move by hiring him. Based on his and the team’s performance this year the alternative of keeping him for another year is not promising and it would be another lost season. Now they need to hire the RIGHT coach that can control the personalities who can also establish a system to maximize the talent on the team. Ownership needs to sit back and trust the coach and G.M. & not give in to media and fan pressure.

  20. Who made the brutally bad Kitchens hire? Who got rid of Zeitler? Who got Vernon and his awesome 3 sacks on the season? Who signed OBJ who drops passes constantly? Who whiffed on Corbett with basically a 1st round pick? Who whiffed on Calloway? Who whiffed on Mayfield? Who didn’t think a young QB would need an OL? Who hired an entire coaching staff that failed in Arizona? Does that guy still have a job?

  21. How any organization thinks this Larry the cable guy knockoff should have been leading a team is beyond me. Everyone should be fired. Its as if homer Simpson ran the Springfield power plant

  22. Hey Freddie, Dallas will probably be looking. You make JJ laugh and you can coach forever. Dallas is on your cell right now !!!

  23. Good for Freddie will get millions of dollars not to coach this team .. I bet he couldn’t be happier .. Your Gm did the same thing in KC as he did in Cleveland bring in talented but knucklehead players LOL

  24. ncintron76 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 8:01 pm
    Damn! He ain’t even walk into his house

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    Uhhh, what???

  25. I hate to say it but 6-10 in Cleveland is a great year. They need to set the bar a lot higher. Sign and draft some offensive linemen. Trade OBJ there’s a lot of trouble brewing. Set realistic expectations and Super Bowl isn’t something to get the fans all excited about. There’s a lot of good young players so build on the roster.

  26. Baker Mayfield just got his 3rd Head Coach fired, So when are we going to be ready to have that conversation on who really should be in line to get that next Pink Slip.

  27. I absolutely cannot understand how this franchise can be so bad for so long. The NFL provides plenty of tools to allow bad teams to turn it around — the draft, the salary cap, free agency. Yet somehow the Browns have been managed to be terrible for 20+ years. It’s one of the most unbelievable things in professional sports. Stupidity alone can’t explain this. I’m not sure ANYTHING can explain it.

  28. I don’t believe the fault lies at kitchens feet. He should never have been hired to begin with. He was set up to fail. He’s a good coordinator. Never was head coaching material.

  29. Browns fans are not upset that they are looking for a better coaching staff. Not cool the Freddie lost his job, but he could not continue to be in charge.

    Haslam’s will catch flack for this one and done, but it was Dorsey’s hire and the right thing to do. There have been a disturbing amount of errors under Freddie’s watch that never ceased.

  30. it’s going to be the local boy who was born near cleveland and his wife who will come along who was also born near cleveland–Josh Mcdaniels

  31. Stefanski from Minnesota, Saleh from SanFran, Williams from the Jets – all are intriguing candidates. But McDaniels from NewEngland will probably get the nod. Any of these guys, but certainly not McCarthy or Rivera whose innovative plans have become predictable and flabby. Stefanski will probably ignore the Browns after being snubbed by them last year, Saleh is too entrenched in SanFran and will probably become and assistant HC along along with Shannahan, Greg Williams will probably spit in Dorsey’s face. Josh McDaniels will come to Cleveland. I think DePodesta will again return to Berea and hold court with Wolf and Highsmith. My next question is, what happens to Dorsey?

  32. This is no surprise. Freddie knew it. He’ll be fine. He can get a gig as OC somewhere. If not, he can always get a chair at the table with Greenberg’s crew on Get Up.

  33. I’m all for giving coaches three seasons, but this is one time as a Browns fan that I support getting rid of a first year head coach. If you watched all of the Browns’ games this year, it was obvious this had to be done. The poor man was in way over his head. I hope Freddie gets a coordinator position somewhere because he was awesome last season.

  34. manzaniac says:
    December 29, 2019 at 8:02 pm
    Haslam is the worst owner of everything ever.
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    Mike Brown south on 71 would like to argue that point.

  35. bakerthetdmaker says:
    December 29, 2019 at 8:04 pm
    As a browns fan this is a disaster. Getting a broken down slow OBJ made alot of media and fans think that having OBJ some how made us good. A 5’10 we isnt winning a playoff game with no line. Faral flew this season was dealing with New York giants. They fleeced dorsey, then fleeced the fans and media, selling us thatnobj would save the browns. Freddie had no chance this year unless we were flawless. Browns need a line and WR over 6 ft, I pray mike McCarthy doesnt come here. I will quit being a fan. I camt deal with McCarthy, he doesnt run and barely could win with Rodgers.
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    Your best chance to “quit being a fan” was after those two miserable 1-15 and 0-16 seasons and if you didn’t leave then you aren’t going anywhere now because you must love the misery!

    Being the fan of a team isn’t a birth right and its not inherited, its a personal choice as is continuing to root for a loser like the Browns even after the 1-31 two year run, you guys deserve everything you get!

    To tell the truth I don’t know how the hell the Browns have any fans left, gluttens for punishment I guess!

  36. And in typical Brown Pile fashion, they’ll look back on this season as the high point of the decade.

  37. Only if the change in coaching comes with a drastic change in the locker room will this work. Cleveland thinks they have their qb but the jury is still out on that one. Right now, the inmates are running the prison and that has to change immediately.

  38. BuzzOff says:
    December 29, 2019 at 8:31 pm
    This is no surprise. Freddie knew it. He’ll be fine. He can get a gig as OC somewhere. If not, he can always get a chair at the table with Greenberg’s crew on Get Up.
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    He only has 8 games experience as OC, I don’t think they’ll be a team out there that’ll hire him as an OC and with the body of work he showed with Mayfield I think QB coach is out the window also, maybe he can go back to his roots as a RB or TE coach! 🙄🤣

    I could see Tampa Bay in Kitchens future, you know how their old HCs love having their old assistants back, we see it happen all the time! Then again maybe they’ll give Freddie the QB coaching job in TB because getting Winston’s INTs down to Baker’s level would be quite an accomplishment.

  39. Hindsight is 20/20. The Haslams are a dumpster fire (didn’t they literally listen to a homeless guy to draft Manziel?) but Kitchens wasn’t a bad choice at the time. Baker had a good year and they figured the best continuity would be to give his OC the job. Yeah it was a bad decision but not their worst.

  40. The lesson of the Steelers is not to stick with a coach no matter what.

    It is to find young coaches with amazing capabilities… Noll Cowher Tomlin

    No wonder they do not fire coaches. They hire really good ones

  41. Not only is this a good start, they should trade or release Baker. He is just like Johnny, a loud mouth jerk with no talent. A legend in his own mind.

  42. It’s a good thing that head coaches salary doesn’t count against the cap. If so they wouldn’t have enough cap space to pay anything but 3rd stringers. How many head coaches are they still paying dead money to, must be around 4 or 5 at least.

  43. So Hue Jackson got 3 years to right the ship with a total of 3 wins. Kitchens doubles that number his first year and gets fired. Wonder what the Fritz Pollard coalition will have to say about this….

  44. 12 times from the 1 inch line and can’t dial up a play to get it in the end zone is not starting from scratch. It’s called addition by subtraction. Today was a big step forward for the Browns.

  45. coop16 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 8:21 pm
    I absolutely cannot understand how this franchise can be so bad for so long. The NFL provides plenty of tools to allow bad teams to turn it around — the draft, the salary cap, free agency. Yet somehow the Browns have been managed to be terrible for 20+ years. It’s one of the most unbelievable things in professional sports. Stupidity alone can’t explain this. I’m not sure ANYTHING can explain it.

    Youre right…the NFL provides plenty of tools
    Look at the teams with a new QB or coach every year or 2……bears, lions, raiders, dolphins, jets, redskins, browns…. I think ppl get fooled that teams need to win…..they dont. they still make huge bank just by existing

  46. ackattack22 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 10:21 pm
    Meanwhile the ORIGINAL Cleveland Browns (aka Baltimore Ravens) are now the best team in the NFL.
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    Actually that’s happened twice since 1995 as the Ravens have 2 Lombardi’s already and possibly a third this season, the worst mistake the NFL has ever made was giving Cleveland another franchise, what a historic failure they’ve been @ a record of 101-235 over the last 21yrs!

  47. Seems like a good guy just wasn’t ready for the job after half a season as a coordinator. Hope he lands on his feet somewhere with a better situation.

  48. Isn’t football just great since the NFL has turned it into a business from once being an actual a sport?

    And all the empty seats in most stands are showing that most fans don’t agree with the change, just look at KC today a playoff team and yet the 2nd deck and upper tier were 30-35% empty, ENJOY!

    OH and that’s a big reason why viewership is up, its because actual attendance is way, way down, lost parking, lost ticket sales, lost concession sales, but I’m sure the NFL’s next BIG TV contract will more then make up for all those empty seats!

  49. Well Freddie, Pittsburgh may have started it…but you’re the one who’s finished. You know what they say about karma. After all the expectations, you made sure that the Browns continued to be known as the mistake by the lake.

  50. manzaniac says:
    December 29, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Haslam is the worst owner of everything ever.
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    I don’t know about that. The fans of the Redskins have a valid argument that Dan Snyder has the Haslam’s beat for that “honor”.

  51. am i the only one who remembers that pos owner saying hed be back for another season a few weeks back? so screw that dude. im not a kitchens fan but free agents and coaches better look at that befor u sign there. 4th hc for baker b4 next season….hes screwed

  52. ajg314 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    I’m guessing that kind of thing happens when your quarterback starts his day “feeling dangerous.”
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    I guess he means dangerous for the prospect of his team’s success. 21 INTs to only 22 TDs…yeah, that’s dangerous. But he is too good to seek a quarterback coach to help him in the offseason because he can simply watch film, learn, and correct his mistakes all on his own. Brady, Brees, Lamar Jackson (MVP), and other established/successful QBs work offseason with Tom House to learn and improve their skills.
    Not Mayfield…he has all the answers, and he don’t need no stinking help to become a better QB. If that is not the definition of arrogance, I don’t know what is. With that attitude, he will continue the tradition of Cleveland –> where 1st round Heisman Trophy winners turn out to be busts.

  53. jmd0722 says:
    December 29, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Not only is this a good start, they should trade or release Baker. He is just like Johnny, a loud mouth jerk with no talent. A legend in his own mind.
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    Couldn’t have said it better myself. At least he has a new career waiting for him. Cleaning out the bathroom stalls himself because the Brown’s are expecting 68,000 people to visit what was once his house. Seriously, I hope we’ve seen his last commercial. The commercials are even more irritating than his loud-mouthed, incompetent, and arrogant play.

  54. Please football Gods…don’t give us Rivera. He obviously couldn’t control that diva Cam Newton. We need a college coach with HC experience. Sabans, Harbough, Meyer, etc.

  55. Haslam hires all these analytics guys, and then ignores their advice. They told him to hire Sean McDermott, and he goes with Hue Jackson. They then tell him to hire Kevin Stefanski, and he hires Kitchens. Stop listening to Dorsey and the homeless guy, and hire whomever the analytics guys suggest.

  56. Now they need to hire a coach the bring discipline and professionalism to the team. The inmates were running the asylum under Kitchens.

  57. Admittedly, I watched very little of the Browns this season to make an informed statement about their strengths and weaknesses. That being said, who fires a new HC after one season? Did they really think that were going to hire some guy as HC and magically go 16-0 for the regular season? Hell, even the great Vince Lombardi only went 7-5 and missed the playoffs his first season with the Packers… and Kitchens is no Vince Lombardi.

    Maybe if the Browns management stopped believing their own hype, they wouldn’t be a team of perennial losers. Sweet Jeezus… Is there something in the water in Cleveland???

  58. Good now get rid of Baker, or trade him away. You might be able to get a first round pick for him since he has 3 years left on his rookie contract.

  59. Oh and get rid of Dorsey also. He is about as incompetent as they come. Dorsey is very immature as a GM built on the same mold as Mayfield and Kitchens.

  60. I hope he takes that damn shovel pass play with him!! And the third and inches half back pass play too!

  61. tavisteelersfan says:
    December 29, 2019 at 9:35 pm
    The lesson of the Steelers is not to stick with a coach no matter what.

    It is to find young coaches with amazing capabilities… Noll Cowher Tomlin

    No wonder they do not fire coaches. They hire really good ones
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    A little history for you–

    I’m a Steelers fan and have been one since 1963. My first NFL game was at Pitt Stadium; the Steelers lost 30-0 to a woeful Redskins team they’d beaten in DC a few weeks earlier. The Steelers were among the league’s worst franchises back then, going through coaches like the Browns/Jets/Dolphins/Redskins/Cardinals/Lions now. The Browns were among the league’s elite then, winning their last title in 1964. Browns fans bragged about their continuity, having had only two HCs in their history.

    The point is–times change. Franchises change. The Steelers never had their act together until the Rooneys hired Chuck Noll and got out of the way. When owners pick the Right Guy to lead off the field and he hires the Right Guy to lead on the field, and the owner then isn’t involved except to sign the checks (hear that, Jerry?), teams win.

    One more thing to consider–If you’re sure you’ve got the Right Guy, you have to back him. Many Steelers fans wanted Noll to be gone when his first team went 1-13. Art Rooney stuck with him, sure he had the Right Guy, and he did. Freddie wasn’t any Chuck Noll. Whoever Haslam hires if he cans Dorsey, he has to give that GM time, and whether it’s Dorsey or not, the next HC has to be given time.

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