Browns to hire offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens as next head coach

    FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens walks on the field after an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, in Cleveland. A person familiar with the decision says the Cleveland Browns are hiring Freddie Kitchens as their coach. Kitchens, who had a dazzling eight-week run as the team’s interim offensive coordinator, is finalizing his contract and will be named Cleveland’s ninth coach since 1999, said the person who spoke Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on the imminent hire. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

    The Cleveland Browns have decided to promote offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to head coach, per multiple reports.

    Kitchens has been instrumental in the development of quarterback Baker Mayfield.

    The Browns won more games last season than the previous two seasons combined. Kitchens was promoted to offensive coordinator after the firings of Todd Haley and Hue Jackson.

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, right, throws a pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    ESPN said Kitchens was denied permission to interview with other teams because they wanted to keep kim. Gregg Williams was relieved of his duties and is no longer with the team, per ESPN.

    ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to follow this story.

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