The Browns got this one right. Hiring Freddie Kitchens as the new head coach is the best possible move for Cleveland.
Sure, that’s been said before. Some of us genuinely liked the decision to hire Hue Jackson when it first happened.
Live and learn. And what mistakes the Browns have made over the years with Jackson and myriad other coaching hires has taught me that hiring Freddie Kitchens as the new head coach is the right move.
The culture Kitchens instilled in the offense in his eight-game audition is something the entire team can buy into and rally around. He’s creative, he’s innovative, and perhaps a little bit crazy. The players appreciate that.
Like Cleveland, he’s an underdog. Sensational rookie QB Baker Mayfield is, too. Kitchens has never been anyone’s first choice. He knows how to sell that to a team ready to shatter the long-lasting legacy of losing. The city is more than ready to bite, too.
On a more pragmatic level, Kitchens revolutionized the offense almost overnight. ESPN provides an excellent graphic representation of the Kitchens impact on Mayfield, who won NFL Rookie of the Week five times in these eight weeks: