Browns fans, critics react to team hiring Freddie Kitchens as head coach

Browns fans, critics react to team hiring Freddie Kitchens as head coach

Browns fans, critics react to team hiring Freddie Kitchens as head coach

"I like it here a lot, and everybody around here knows that I like it here", Kitchens told Ohio.com.

After an extensive search that saw them interview several candidates, the Browns chose to keep their head coach position in-house.

After conducting interviews with seven candidates in seven days, general manager John Dorsey and members of the team's search committee, which includes owner Jimmy Haslam, were not expected to meet with anyone on Tuesday and could be evaluating their next move. But the real difference for the Browns was what Kitchens was able to do for rookie Baker Mayfield after offensive coordinator Todd Haley was shelved the same day Jackson was. They will go into the 2019 season with great expectations based on what they achieved in the second half of the 2018 campaign. I'm not going to get involved.

After starting the season at 2-5-1, the Browns finished their year at 5-3 following the coaching change, matching their best win total in a decade. Generally, clunky-in-attack, the Cleveland Browns' quarterback of the present, fought back claims his attitude was holding the franchise back, namely as a deterrent to landing big name coaches.

Interim head coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was relieved of his duties, according to ESPN.

In eight games under Kitchens, Mayfield threw 19 touchdown passes, 8 interceptions, and was sacked just five times, compared to 8/6/20 in the first eight games. The Browns also interviewed former Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, Saints tight ends coach Dan Campbell, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, and Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores for the job.

It's pretty obvious that the Browns greatly valued the presence of Kitchens within the Browns locker room.

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