Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
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Browns settling on offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens as head coach

Browns settling on offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens as head coach

The Cleveland Browns believe they finally have a franchise quarterback.

The Cleveland Browns made their head coaching hire today, giving the job to offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen first reported the news.

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens looks on during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.

An Alabama native who played quarterback at the University of Alabama, he coached at four colleges before entering the National Football League coaching ranks in 2006 with the Dallas Cowboys as tight ends coach. Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Case Keenum were all next in a line of quarterbacks not named Manning that Elway failed to win with, and the inability to get the position right factored into Vance Joseph's firing after just two years as head coach. In the first half of the season, with Haley calling plays, he had a 78.9 rating with eight touchdowns and six interceptions.

Fangio beat out Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak for the job on Wednesday, reinforcing the belief that Elway very much wants total control over getting this team's offense back on track.

Monken was the last candidate the Jets interviewed, as that was on Tuesday.

But the 36-year-old Stefanski will reportedly return to the Vikings as coordinator. Then he became head coach of the Broncos in 2017.

Kitchens is not keeping defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who went 5-3 as Cleveland's interim coach.

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