Report: Freddie Kitchens to be considered for Giants staff

Kitchens was 1 and done after Browns went 6-10 in 2019

Daryl Ruiter
January 09, 2020 - 12:36 pm
Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens looks on from the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 20-13.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens might not be out of football long.

Kitchens will speak with Giants head coach Joe Judge about joining his offensive staff in New York according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Judge and Kitchens worked together at Mississippi State.

Kitchens was fired on Dec. 29, hours after an embarrassing 33-23 loss to the 2-14 Bengals that saw the Browns finish a disappointing 6-10. He was the second one-and-done coach since the Haslams bought the Browns during the 2012 season.

Kitchens was promoted from interim offensive coordinator to head coach by former general manager John Dorsey on Jan. 9, 2019. Kitchens took over Cleveland’s offense after Hue Jackson and Todd Haley were fired midway through the 2018 season following a 2-5-1 start.

Kitchens helped quarterback Baker Mayfield turn his rookie season around and set a new NFL rookie record with 27 touchdown passes but the 2018 No. 1 overall pick regressed significantly in 2019 throwing 22 touchdowns and 21 interceptions while completing just 59.4% of his passes.

Dorsey and the Browns mutually parted ways two days after Kitchens was fired over a disagreement about Dorsey’s role and responsibilities within the organization going forward.

Should the Giants hire Kitchens, it should save the Browns some money on the remainder of his contract. Most coaching contracts include offset language, meaning the Browns can deduct Kitchens’ future coaching earnings from the remainder of his owed salary.    

The Browns are scheduled to play the Giants in New York next season.