Cleveland Browns: 4 Benefits of hiring Freddie Kitchens as head coach

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Four benefits to the Cleveland Browns going against the grain and hiring interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens as head coach.

The Cleveland Browns made Freddie Kitchens the 17th non-interim head coach in franchise history.

Kitchens beat out eight other candidates to cap off what’s been a meteoric rise from running backs coach, to interim offensive coordinator to head coach.

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The 2018 campaign marked Kitchens first season with the Browns, and fans got to know him on “Hard Knocks” when he began questioning Hue Jackson as to why injured players weren’t practicing.

Todd Haley, the man responsible for bringing Kitchens on staff, picked up the argument and received a ton of notoriety for challenging the unpopular Jackson in the segment.

Five months later, who could’ve guessed that Freddie Kitchens would be tasked with the same responsible Paul Brown once had.

But here we go.

It’s kind of like the draft in that GM John Dorsey is going against the grain, signing off on Kitchens’ hire.

If he fails, it’s going to be easy to point fingers and ask “How did you hire someone with no head coaching experience who only called plays for eight games?”

If it works, Dorsey becomes a genius and Jimmy Haslam becomes the smartest owner in the NFL, because if it does work, the Browns are going to be playing meaningfully games with trophies on the line.

The franchise quarterback is in place. Myles Garrett is going into year three as an elite pass rusher. Denzel Ward has all the making of a shutdown corner. And now the head coach has been given the whistle.

Here’s four ways Kitchens’ hire will benefit the Browns moving forward.