Browns fans react to team hiring Freddie Kitchens over Gregg Williams

He then stated it was because, "Coaching Baker Mayfield is not something that appeals to successful head coaches". What's not as well-known is pretty much anything else about the Browns' new head coach, who started the season in relative obscurity as an assistant under Hue Jackson.

The latest: Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens will be promoted to head coach.

Kitchens served as the Browns' offensive coordinator from Week 9 on this past season, and oversaw improvement in the team's offense, sparked by increased reliance on Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb.

This left me to question, who could Kitchens possibly be thinking about to hire as his coordinators in Cleveland? Once it became clear that Riley wasn't leaving the Sooners, promoting their offensive coordinator must have seemed like the best option.

On Wednesday, Kitchens took another leap, this time to head coach.

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. The Browns also went up from 20 to 12 in rushing efficiency and 29 to second overall offensively, but the main reason Kitchens is now given the keys to the entire team is his relationship with Mayfield, and how important that is to the future of the Browns. He finished the year in that role after replacing the fired John DeFilippo for the final three games of the regular season.

Kitchens becomes the Browns' ninth permanent coach since 2000. Given his inexperience, a rise from graduate assistant to National Football League offensive coordinator in the span of two years is an awfully risky chance to take.

In addition to the Browns deciding to promote Kitchens to head coach, the team has made a decision to move on from Gregg Williams and his defensive staff, per ESPN.

NFL Films produced a short feature on Kitchens a year ago, when he was with the Cardinals, calling him "The most selfless man in the NFL".

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