According to reports, the Browns have fired Freddie Kitchens after just a single season as head coach. The Browns went 6-10 this year and drastically underperformed expectations compared to what everyone thought.
Kitchens was the offensive coordinator for half of last season before getting the promotion this past offseason to be the head coach in what was somewhat of a surprise hire. However, most of the fanbase seemed to like the move (at the time).
Unfortunately, Kitchens was unable to handle the pressure of Mayfield, Beckham Jr., Landry and all the local and national attention this team warranted. It started with a 43-13 loss to the Titans at home and ended with a 33-23 loss to a Bengals team that had only won a single game.
The Browns finished the season 3rd in the AFC North behind the Ravens and Steelers. Original expectations had the team contending for the Super Bowl. It appeared, especially towards the end of the season, that many players had quit on Kitchens and company.
Dee and Jimmy Haslam: “Our focus is on hiring an exceptional leader for this football team and we will take a comprehensive approach to this process.”
Frankly, Kitchens is a good guy and it’s a shame this didn’t work. Wishing him the best of luck in his future endeavors. More analysis to come from various writers on who the Browns should choose next and any other moves within the organization!