The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Freddie Kitchens after just one season according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen. This marks the second time under Jimmy Haslam’s ownership that a head coach only lasted one season with Rob Chudzinski in the 2013 season being the other.
The move comes hours after the team’s 33-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals finishing the Browns season with a 6-10 record after such high expectations coming into the season with hopes for a return to the postseason for the first time since the 2002 season.
Kitchens, who was both the head coach as well as the offensive coordinator failed to capitalize on the array of talent on the offensive side of the ball that included Odell Beckham Jr., Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, and Jarvis Landry and the regression of second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield were among the troubling signs.
Kitchens also took some criticism for failing to utilize talented players on offense like Rashard Higgins and David Njoku but there was whispers that there was more to those situations and it would seem to be that Kitchens was likely holding them accountable.
Owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, as well as general manager John Dorsey, released statements following the announcement
This head coaching search will be the fifth coaching search under the Haslam ownership which has been in place since the 2012 season. It’s unclear who will be running the search but names such as Mike McCarthy, Josh McDaniels, and Urban Meyer have already been linked to the Browns.