Giants hire Freddie Kitchens to be tight ends coach
Former Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens wasn’t unemployed for very long. After being fired by the Browns in late-December, the New York Giants snatched up the 45-year-old coach, making him the team’s new tight ends coach, per Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports.
After spending one season as the offensive coordinator in Cleveland, Kitchens was given the head coaching job for this past season. Despite the team having unusually high expectations going into the season, Kitchens and the Browns went just 6-10 and missed the playoffs for the 17th-straight season.
Kitchens was reportedly up for the Giants’ head coaching vacancy this offseason. Instead, the team hired New England Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge. However, now as the tight ends coach, Kitchens finds his way onto the Giants’ staff.
Kitchens takes over for former tight ends coach Lunda Wells who spent eight seasons with the Giants and two coaching the tight ends. Wells was hired as the tight ends coach for the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month.
Kitchen’s joins former Cowboys head coach and new Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett as former head coaches on Judge’s reinvigorated staff.
Before the Giants and the Browns, Kitchens spent 11 seasons at various positions with the Arizona Cardinals, one season as the tight ends coach for the Cowboys and seven as an assistant coach at the collegiate level.
Like the Browns, the Giants were largely a disappointment in 2019. Going 4-12, the team missed the playoffs for the seventh time in eight seasons.
On the bright side, Kitchens will have the chance to work with one of the best young tight ends in the NFL in Evan Engram who recorded 467 yards and three touchdowns in just six starts in 2019.