‘Signs Pointing’ To Browns Hiring This Coach


Most importantly, Kitchens helped to further Baker Mayfield's development.

Last week, multiple outlets reported that the Browns blocked several National Football League teams from interviewing Kitchens for their offensive coordinator positions so they could keep him, either as head coach or offensive coordinator. In eight games under Kitchens, Mayfield completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 2,254 yards, 19 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.

Kitchens became a fan favorite in Cleveland after the Browns' offense improved with him calling plays down the stretch of the season. He finished the year in that role after replacing the fired John DeFilippo for the final three games of the regular season.

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All that said, this was not a clear-cut choice as it may have seemed.

It was reported by Cleveland.com that the Browns already reached out to some of the coaching staff, asking them to stay.

Kitchens, 44, interviewed with the Browns on Monday, and interim head coach Gregg Williams also interviewed for the job last week. "I always felt like I lived life every day like it could be your last, but what an incident like that makes you realize and thankful for are the friends that you have", Kitchens told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram in November. He was then hired by Ken Whisenhunt to coach the same position with the Cardinals in 2007, eventually got promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2013 when Bruce Arians took over, moved to running backs coach in 2017, and joined the Browns for the 2018 season. The rookie quarterback and Kitchens did great things together over the past year. This was a solid hire from an organization that was laughed at in the past for some of their coaching decisions.