Kevin Stefanski heading to Cleveland for 2nd interview

Report Browns give 2nd head coach interview to Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski

He then stated it was because, "Coaching Baker Mayfield is not something that appeals to successful head coaches".

To what should be all of Cleveland's relief, it was reported that Freddie Kitchens will be promoted to head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

The 44-year-old Kitchens, who had a dazzling eight-week run as the team's interim offensive coordinator, is finalizing a contract to become Cleveland's ninth coach since the franchise's 1999 rebirth, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Wednesday. Once it became clear that Riley wasn't leaving the Sooners, promoting their offensive coordinator must have seemed like the best option.

Kitchens began the year as a running backs coach for the Browns, and has been coaching in the National Football League as an assistant since 2006.

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He was promoted to the Vikings OC spot from quarterbacks coach when John DeFilippo was sacked with three games to play in the season. Kitchens and Austin coached together in Arizona from 2007-2009 where he was the defensive back's coach. They saw the single largest change in offensive DVOA from Week 9 through the end of the season, indicating that Kitchens, Mayfield, Chubb, and company really took off over the second half of the year. Cleveland will select 17th in the 2019 NFL Draft.

It's a spectacular rise for Kitchens, who began the season as the team's running backs coach. The Browns even asked Stefanski who he would include on his coaching staff, should he get the job, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. They went 5-3 down the stretch under interim head coach Gregg Williams.

Kitchens himself was a quarterback at Alabama in the early-to-mid 1990s, and at the time of his departure he ranked fourth in the school's history in in passing yards.

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