4 things to know about new Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens

Freddie Kitchens Browns

Freddie Kitchens Browns

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

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The team spoke to Kitchens on Monday in Berea.

McCarthy was sacked from Green Bay following a disappointing 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Kitchens will be the 11th head coach - counting interim coaches - since the Browns returned to Cleveland in 1999.

Obviously, that pick proved fruitful and Browns fans are trusting Dorsey to choose the right coach to pair with Mayfield. After Kitchens took over play-calling duties, Baker's completed 180-of-263 passes (68.4%) for 2,254 yards and 19 TDs to eight interceptions.

He's the people's choice and players love him.

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The 44-year-old Alabama native has an interesting past.

Kitchens will get the chance. He's already shown them what he can do in eight games. With Kitchens running the offense, the battle is half-won.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport previously reported that Williams was not considered a "front runner" for the job. It appears he did enough to impress the front-office tandem of John Dorsey and Paul DePodesta and will come away with the job. That relationship could seal the deal for the Browns as they envision Mayfield being the franchise's face behind the facemask for the next decade.

He revamped the offensive scheme, using multiple formations and tweaking the game plan to include calls that he knew his players were comfortable running.

In late November, I wrote a tape piece on the differences Kitchens' offensive concepts made to the Browns, and how awesome it was that he was able to install a fully-formed, radically diverse offense in the middle of the season that set every defense it faced on edge. He spent several years as a position coach in college before becoming the Cowboys' tight ends coach in 2006.

He's never taken his climb for granted.

Moreover, Kitchens' story gave him a strength many first-time head coaches may not have. "I didn't have a starting point in this league", he said earlier this season.

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