Cleveland Browns Have Found Their Next Head Coach
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 10, 2019,
Jan 10, 2019, 0:55
He then stated it was because, "Coaching Baker Mayfield is not something that appeals to successful head coaches".
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. Under the new leadership, the Browns went 5-3 to finish the season, while the offense and Baker Mayfield took off.
The Cleveland Browns are keeping it internal when it comes to their new head coach.
According to ESPN's Field Yates, in the first eight games without Kitchens as OC, Mayfield was 130-of-223 (56.5%) for 1,471 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the team will promote offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to the role.
Stefanski was in the running for the Vikings' offensive coordinator's job last season, but the team picked DeFilippo, who had been the Eagles' quarterbacks coach. Cleveland will select 17th in the 2019 NFL Draft.
One likely reason that the Browns made a decision to keep Kitchens was because of his relationship with Baker Mayfield.
The most interesting name is Ryan Lindley, who not only is connected to Kitchens through this Browns job, but he was also a quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals from 2012-2014 while Kitchens was on staff.
Williams took over a Browns team that was 2-5-1 to start the year and put them in playoff contention by December. Previous special teams coordinator Amos Jones and Kitchens have a long history of serving together, but it is safe to say that the city of Cleveland and Browns fans everywhere were not disappointed to see him dismissed and hope him the best as he will probably skip to Tampa Bay with Arians as well.
However, owner Jimmy Haslam was not as sold on McCarthy. Haslam instead was pining for interim head coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.