Freddie Kitchens has 'good chance' of being next Browns coach

Browns huddle in search for coach Kitchens seen as favorite

The Cleveland Browns have identified in-house candidate Freddie Kitchens and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as finalists for their head coaching job, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. He finished the year in that role after replacing the fired John DeFilippo for the final three games of the regular season. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio.

The Cleveland Browns may have their next head coach almost decided. Offensive coordinator suitors, however, is more of a crapshoot.

The team spoke to Kitchens on Monday in Berea.

According to one of the sources, the Browns are narrowing the search, which includes Kitchens, 44. According to a report from ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen, the Browns will announce the hiring of Freddie Kitchens - who served as the team's offensive coordinator after the firings of Hue Jackson and Todd Haley - as their coach on Tuesday afternoon.

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. 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. Previous special teams coordinator Amos Jones and Kitchens have a long history of serving together, but it is safe to say that the city of Cleveland and Browns fans everywhere were not disappointed to see him dismissed and hope him the best as he will probably skip to Tampa Bay with Arians as well. Gregg Williams was promoted to interim head coach, while Kitchens was bumped to offensive coordinator.

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