Browns Make Final Decision On Freddie Kitchens
The Browns have made a final decision on Freddie Kitchens.
Kitchens, 45, is in the midst of a season to forget with Cleveland.
Coming into the year expectations were very high for his team.
Last season Baker Mayfield showed the potential to be one of the league’s truly great young quarterbacks.
Over the summer, Browns brass went out and acquired Odell Beckham Jr.
The idea was that if you took a developing Mayfield, coupled him with the newly-added Beckham, and combine them with Jarvis Landry, you would have a very formidable offense.
All they would need at that point is the right coach to put it all together.
So far, Kitchens has not been that coach.
Cleveland is 6-7 through 13 games and sits in third place in the NFC North.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, who have been absolutely ravaged by injurie all year long, have a two-game lead on them.
So does that mean Kitchens is on his way out?
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, “barring a horrific collapse or circumstance to end the season, it appears the Browns will be moving forward with Kitchens.”
It would appear that Cleveland going 4-1 in their last five games heading into Sunday has won over Browns management.
“Sources say Browns management continues to stand with Kitchens and wants him to continue to have the success necessary to remain in that position for a long time,” Rapaport continued.
Is this ultimately the right decision for the Browns? That is hard to say.
The team suffers from a lot of what ails the Dallas Cowboys.
Both squads have a ton of talent on paper. Both have very questionable coaching. Both are underperforming severely relative to early-season expectations.
Kitchens’ future with Cleveland will ultimately be dependent on how he closes out the year. If he finishes strong, he will go into 2020 with one more chance to prove himself.
If the Browns stumble in the home stretch, don’t be surprised if Kitchens does not return next year.
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