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Browns pass on Colts' Matt Eberflus as new head coach

10 January, 2019, 11:14 | Author: Drew Briggs
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Williams took over a Browns team that was 2-5-1 to start the year and put them in playoff contention by December.

The 44-year-old Kitchens is the most recent candidate to meet with the Browns, formally interviewing with Dorsey and the committee members on Monday.

Kitchens was one of several candidates to interview for the job, including Vikings interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell and former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell. The 30th-ranked offense by DVOA upon Jackson and Haley's exit, the Browns eventually finished the season ranked 17th. Kitchens' hiring makes him the ninth full-time coach with the Browns since 1999 and 11th including interim coaches. Previous special teams coordinator Amos Jones and Kitchens have a long history of serving together, but it is safe to say that the city of Cleveland and Browns fans everywhere were not disappointed to see him dismissed and hope him the best as he will probably skip to Tampa Bay with Arians as well.

As the team's success grew, Kitchens never campaigned to be Cleveland's coach but leading a team was always a goal.

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In eight games under Kitchens, Mayfield threw 19 touchdown passes, 8 interceptions, and was sacked just five times, compared to 8/6/20 in the first eight games.

"When you cause a defense to flinch a little bit or if you cause the defense to overthink a little bit, then maybe you have them on their heels instead of their toes", Williams said of Kitchens in late November, per ESPN's Pat McManamon. It appears he did enough to impress the front-office tandem of John Dorsey and Paul DePodesta and will come away with the job.

The Browns didn't have to go far to find their new coach.

There is also no good guess at who could serve as special teams coordinator under Kitchens either.

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