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.
According to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot, Freddie Kitchens has a "good chance" of being named the Browns' next head coach. The interim offensive coordinator took a deadbeat Browns offense and brought it back to life and helped rookie Baker Mayfield on his way to setting the rookie record for touchdown passes in a season; an excellent hire and what we hope will be just the beginning of an extraordinary tandem for years to come.
The Cleveland Browns have been in the market for a new head coach longer than any other team. Additionally, Kitchens and the Browns offense ranked 11th in points per game in the final three weeks as well. During that time, Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield saw his numbers dramatically improve.
Under his leadership, Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft, threw 19 of his National Football League rookie record 27 touchdown passes while erasing any doubt that he could be the coveted franchise quarterback that has eluded the Browns for decades. "Cleveland and I get along well".
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. Gregg Williams was promoted to interim head coach, while Kitchens was bumped to offensive coordinator.
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. Jones is a Bruce Arians disciple.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the team will promote offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to the role.