Report: Browns fire head coach Freddie Kitchens
Browns fired Freddie Kitchens, per @mortreport and me.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 30, 2019
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the emotional Kitchens believed he had organizational support from the Browns. He did not. The first-year head coach will now be looking for a new job in the football market.
Kitchens’ firing should come as no surprise. The Browns entered the regular season with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations. They fell short, going 6-10 on the season, despite upgrading the roster mightily in the offseason, highlighted by the addition of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
There has a league-wide belief that the Browns could retain Kitchens if his team performed well over the last three weeks. They struggled, losing to the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals before his firing.
As an offensive-minded coach, the expectation was that Kitchens would lead a fiery offensive attack in 2019. However, that didn’t happen. The Browns struggled to move the ball consistently. Beckham did not turn into the focal point many believed he’d be, second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield showed a stark regression and, above all, it appeared as if Kitchens did not know how to utilize the great talent on his offense.
Now, for the second offseason in a row, the Browns will begin their head coaching search. Whoever does take over will undoubtedly benefit from a massive collection of star talent. Nonetheless, it’s fair to feel discomfort towards the franchise after their failure of the 2019 campaign.