Kitchens, Stefanski finalists for Browns job

Ross Houston
January 9, 2019

The vibe sounds like the Browns will have their new head coach sooner than later - stay tuned. His defense ranked 21st in scoring and 30th in yards allowed in 2018, his second season in Cleveland.

According to one of the sources, the Browns are narrowing the search, which includes Kitchens, 44.

One likely reason that the Browns chose to keep Kitchens was because of his relationship with Baker Mayfield. They (Dorsey) know me well enough.

Kitchens became a fan favorite in Cleveland after the Browns' offense improved with him calling plays down the stretch of the season. With it being down to Kitchens and Stefanski, you'd have to wonder if the other is under consideration for offensive coordinator - and if so, is that a better job than the Vikings for Stefanski? The Browns even asked Stefanski who he would include on his coaching staff, should he get the job, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the team will promote offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to the role.

Kitchens served as the Browns interim offensive coordinator for the final eight games of the season, after Hue Jackson was let go. Williams received a formal interview to be the head coach of the Cleveland Browns on January 1, after he led the Browns to a 5-3 record as their interim head coach.

Per the report, several of the team's current assistants from the previous regime have already been asked to remain with the team.

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