This news should come as no surprise. 


​Browns quarterback ​Baker Mayfield was very much a part of the process in the hiring of Cleveland's next head coach, ​Freddie Kitchens.

According to a report, the Browns actually FaceTimed him into several of the meetings with prospective coaches. Cleveland hired ​Kitchens Wednesday to become the 18th coach in the franchise's history. Kitchens served as the Browns interim offensive coordinator for the final eight games of the season last year. His relationship with, and the development of, the Browns rookie QB in the second half of the season were major keys to his promotion.


Interim head coach and defensive coordinator ​Gregg Williams was let go and is no longer with the team.


Under former offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Mayfield was 1-4 as a starter, completing 57 percent of his passes, with eight touchdowns and six interceptions. Under Kitchens, Mayfield improved all across the board, going 5-3, throwing 19 touchdowns to only eight interceptions, and hitting on 68 percent of his throws.

The Browns chose Kitchens after interviews with Williams, former Colts and Lions coach Jim Caldwell, Vikings interim OC Kevin Stefanski, Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores and Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.