The Cleveland Browns have their new head coach, and they didn't have to look far for him.
According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the Browns are hiring offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens as their next head coach, and are expected to announce the decision later on Wednesday.
Freddie Kitchens will be named new Browns head coach later today, per sources.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 9, 2019
The Browns appeared to be enamored with Kitchens ever since he took over as the team's offensive coordinator following the firings of Hue Jackson and Todd Haley. Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield had a successful season, where he set various records at his position. The team even declined interview requests for Kitchens, as they wanted him to stay at all costs.
They've also reportedly parted ways with Gregg Williams, who also interviewed for the head coaching role after taking over as the interim boss.
The Browns have relieved defensive coordinator Gregg Williams of his duties and he is no longer with the team, sources tell @PatMcManamon and me.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) January 9, 2019
Cleveland narrowed down their choices to Kitchens and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski. Despite the praise Stefanski has received around the league in the past two seasons, the Browns put all of their faith in the guy who helped turn around the Browns offense in the second half of the season.
Who knew that all a Baker needed was some Kitchens? Now, he has that for the foreseeable future.