Head coach Freddie Kitchens fired by the Cleveland Browns. The Browns came into the season with high expectations after a strong finish to the 2018 season and the offseason acquisition of Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants.
However, thigs didn’t go as expected for the Browns. Cleveland finished with a worse record than they had last season despite Beckham Jr. Jarvis Landry, and Nick Chubb each going over 1,000 yards this season. Was Freddie Kitchens fired because of OBJ? Ownership says no.
“We thank Freddie for his hard work and commitment to this organization but did not see the success or opportunities for improvement to move forward with him as our head coach,” the Haslams said. “Our focus is on hiring an exceptional leader for this football team and we will take a comprehensive approach to this process. We are excited about the core players we have to build around and develop and we look forward to bringing in a strong head coach that will put this group of players in the best position to succeed.”
Freddie Kitchens Fired by Cleveland Browns
Kitchens had been on the hot seat. This was prior to Cleveland’s Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. However, the loss to the one-win Bengals was the final nail in the coffin. After the game, Kitchens seemed to accept that his days as the team’s coach were numbered. The writing was on the wall.
“We’ve got meetings scheduled through next week, and I’m looking forward to going to work tomorrow,” Kitchens said. “They have not given me any indication of anything else. Mr. Jimmy and Dee, I think they want me to do my job, and that’s what I’m gonna do — until they tell me not to, if they tell me not to.”
What will be the result of Freddie Kitchens fired? With Kitchens out, the Browns are planning on interviewing former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy. Also, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman to fill the vacant spot.