Tue. Jun 25th, 2019

Report: Browns Decline Freddie Kitchens Interviews With Other Teams

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens stands on the sideline during an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Cleveland. Cleveland won 26-20. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Twenty percent of teams in the NFL are currently without head coaches.

With the head coach carousel heating up around the league, reports state that Browns interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens has been offered interviews for several vacant coordinator positions around the NFL.

Being under contract with the Browns, the team denied outsiders to interview Kitchens for now.

In the original tweet from ESPN’s Ian Rapoport, the reasoning behind the interview denials is to give Cleveland’s next head coach the opportunity to hire Kitchens as the permanent offensive coordinator in Cleveland.

Earlier this week, Browns general manager John Dorsey stated that both Gregg Williams and Kitchens will be interviewed for head coach. Williams has already been interviewed and Kitchens will get his chance to make his case for head coach early next week.

If the Browns hire an out-of-house candidate as head coach, and that coach does not keep Kitchens in Cleveland, it’s extremely easy to speculate that the young offensive coordinator will find success elsewhere around the NFL.

Of course, Dorsey and his search committee have a plan that is unknown to fans and national media.

From what reports are stating, the Browns are leaving no rock unturned. They are interviewing in-house and out-of-house coaches and coordinators to change the destiny of the Cleveland Browns.

Williams and Jim Caldwell have already been interviewed. Names such as Vikings’ offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski and ex-Packers head coach Mike McCarthy are expected to be interviewed within the next few days. Saints assistant coach Dan Campbell is also rumored to have an interview lined up.

Throughout all of these interviews, with all of these names circulating Berea, Kitchens clearly remains on Cleveland’s radar. His successful relationship with quarterback Baker Mayfield and the ignition of Cleveland’s offense in the post-Hue Jackson era could possibly be enough for his case to be hired.

Nick Pedone can be reached on his Twitter, @NickPedone12 with any questions or comments. Photo: USAToday

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