Browns Head Coaching Job Down to Kitchens and Stefanski

Report: Kitchens, Stefanski finalists for Browns job

Report: Kitchens, Stefanski finalists for Browns job

It's clear that the head coach had to be able to work well with Mayfield or it was going to be an absolute waste of time and resources all the way around.

Stefanski interviewed with the Cleveland Browns last Friday for their head coaching job and, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Stefanski will get a second interview with the Browns. In the half-season with Kitchens calling the shots, Mayfield tossed 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions, while his quarterback ranking improved 30 points to an impressive 106.2.

The Cleveland Browns have apparently found their next head coach.

Under Kitchens, who took over after the firing of former coordinator Todd Haley, Cleveland was reinvigorated. Davis also spent three seasons in Philadelphia as the defensive coordinator under Chip Kelly from 2013-2015, where the Eagles defense declined every year that he was there. From 2007 to 2017, he held various offensive coaching roles with the Arizona Cardinals.

Baker Mayfield pre-Freddie Kitchens as his OC: 130-of-223 (56.5%), 1,471 yards, 8 TD, 6 INT. Cleveland will select 17th in the 2019 NFL Draft. This would lead to an assumption that outside of a name that either has no connection to Kitchens or one that wouldn't be recognized, an internal hire could be the most realistic situation for the Browns' offensive coordinator position. Given his inexperience, a rise from graduate assistant to National Football League offensive coordinator in the span of two years is an awfully risky chance to take.

However, owner Jimmy Haslam was not as sold on McCarthy. Haslam instead was pining for interim head coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

NFL Films produced a short feature on Kitchens previous year, when he was with the Cardinals, calling him "The most selfless man in the NFL".

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