Kevin Stefanski heading to Cleveland for 2nd interview
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jan 10, 2019,
Jan 10, 2019, 1:00
They fired Hue Jackson and Todd Haley, allowing Gregg Williams to take the interim head coach role.
Kitchens was one of several candidates to interview for the job, and in recent days it became clear that he was an inner-circle candidate along with Minnesota Vikings interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski. In the half-season with Kitchens calling the shots, Mayfield tossed 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions, while his quarterback ranking improved 30 points to an impressive 106.2.
Kitchens and Mayfield formed a strong relationship during their time together, and Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam along with general manager John Dorsey are counting on the pair taking Cleveland to new heights. Under him was Freddie Kitchens, who ascended to offensive coordinator. Davis also spent three seasons in Philadelphia as the defensive coordinator under Chip Kelly from 2013-2015, where the Eagles defense declined every year that he was there.
Due to their overlapping time in Arizona, connection to Kitchens, and experience in the NFL, Davis, and Austin could be potential suitors for the defensive coordinator job in Cleveland.
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Kitchens and Williams kept their players focused and motivated following the mid-season coaching change and the Browns went 7-8-1 following an 0-16 season in 2017 under Jackson. Perhaps more importantly, Kitchens oversaw the successful rookie season of quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Kitchens becomes the Browns' ninth permanent coach since 2000.
Despite only having eight games of coordinator experience under his belt, Kitchens has been around the National Football League for a long time. Kitchens may be inexperienced but the connection he has with this offensive unit featuring a rookie at two critical positions can not be overstated.