Freddie Kitchens helped the Browns turn things around last season as the interim head coach, raising expectations that quickly crashed after Kitchens got the head coaching job for 2019. A loss to the division rival Bengals, who had one win on the season, likely was the final nail in the coffin for Kitchens as his team went 6-10. Kitchens has been let go according to Adam Schefter, as the Browns try to regroup and get back on track with a new head coach.
The Browns were stacked at most key positions in 2019 after acquiring Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants but Baker Mayfield regressed as the offensive line had breakdowns and Kitchens kept control over play-calling duties over offensive coordinator Todd Monken. At some point Kitchens should have allowed Monken to take over play-calling as the offense floundered, but his stubbornness got the best of him.
The Browns made his firing known quickly after their season finale and will look to wrap up a new coach before all their top choices are gone. Ron Rivera is a hot commodity and will get a hard look, as the Browns likely will look for a proven commodity to help them shape a team that is already full of talent. But there are plenty of options out there, and a surprise candidate could emerge.