Freddie Kitchens – NFL Assistant Coach of the Year
Freddie Kitchens winning Assistant Coach of the Year will be a bit of a stretch since he did not take over as the team’s offensive coordinator until halfway through the season and interim coaches don’t typically win awards.
However, Kitchens proved his worth by completely changing the trajectory of the 2018 season after his appointment.
Under Hue Jackson and Todd Haley, Baker Mayfield completed 58.3% of his passes, threw eight touchdown passes and averaged 6.6 yards per pass attempt. Mayfield’s QB rating was 78.9 and he was sacked 20 times in five games. Meanwhile, Nick Chubb averaged only 39.8 rushing yards per game and registered two catches for a whopping 10 yards.
Under the Gregg Williams/Freddie Kitchens duo, Mayfield and Chubb have broken out to become one of the best rookies at their respective positions.
Over the last eight weeks, Mayfield completed 68.4% of his passes, threw for 19 touchdown passes while averaging 8.57 yards per attempt. Mayfield had a QB rating of 106.2 and he was sacked only five times. Chubb averaged 84.8 yards per game and caught 18 balls on 23 targets for an average of 7.7 yards per catch.
It’s clear that Kitchens brought much-needed improvement to this team after a disappointing 2-5-1 start. With Williams and Kitchens’ intervention and a 5-3 finish over the last eight weeks, both men will garner attention from teams with vacancies at the head coaching position.
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