Vacant NFL head coaching positions across the league are quickly filling up. They ended the year 5-3 and scored below 20 points just twice - it happened four times in the first eight games under Haley.
Under Haley, rookie quarterback and No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Baker Mayfield was 1-4 as a starter while completing 58.3 percent of his passes for 1,471 yards with 8 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. During that time, Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield saw his numbers dramatically improve.
"When you cause a defense to flinch a little bit or if you cause the defense to overthink a little bit, then maybe you have them on their heels instead of their toes", Williams said of Kitchens in late November, per ESPN's Pat McManamon.
Interim head coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been relieved of his duties a source confirmed. I'm not going to get involved.
Kitchens was one of several candidates to interview for the job, and in recent days it became clear that he was an inner-circle candidate along with Minnesota Vikings interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.
The Browns declined multiple requests from teams to interview Kitchens for offensive coordinator openings last week and now Kitchens gets to live his dream of leading his own team as a head coach.
They finished the season 7-8-1, marking their highest win percentage since 2007.
It's hard to suss out how much of that was due to Kitchens and how much was due to (a) Mayfield coming into his own after reliving Tyrod Taylor in Week 3 and getting his first start in Week 4; and (b) the front office's decision to trade Carlos Hyde, which thrust Chubb into the lineup.