Freddie Kitchens has 'good chance' of being Browns' next coach, report says

Browns hire Freddie Kitchens Instant analysis of Cleveland's new head coach

It's clear that the head coach had to be able to work well with Mayfield or it was going to be an absolute waste of time and resources all the way around.

Some names to consider that are now on the Browns offensive staff that could appear as the offensive coordinator include senior offensive assistant Al Saunders, wide receivers coach Adam Henry, and running backs coach Ryan Lindley; it has been announced that quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese will not return under Kitchens, eliminating him from the conversation.

According to various reports Wednesday, Freddie Kitchens will be promoted in Cleveland after a strong showing as offensive coordinator in the second half of the season.

However, just one day before the report of Kitchens taking the reigns in Cleveland, Bruce Arians finalized a deal to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, taking most of his staff from his previous tenure in Arizona with him. Additionally, Kitchens and the Browns offense ranked 11th in points per game in the final three weeks as well. 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.

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

According to one of the sources, the Browns are narrowing the search, which includes Kitchens, 44. In eight games under Kitchens, Mayfield completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 2,254 yards, 19 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.

Kitchens becomes the Browns' ninth permanent coach since 2000.

The Browns finished the season with a 7-8-1 record.

Williams went 5-3 as the interim head coach following Hue Jackson's dismissal. The rookie quarterback and Kitchens did great things together over the past year.

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