Freddie Kitchens will be one-and-done as Cleveland Browns head coach, according to The Athletic‘s NFL reporter Michael Lombardi.
In a December 28 tweet, Lombardi claimed that two separate NFL sources told him that they expect “more than just a head coaching change” in Cleveland prior to the 2020 season.
Heading into Week 17, the Browns — who were picked by many to win the AFC North and contend for a playoff position — currently sit at 6-9, locking them in as the only team in the National Football League to not have a single winning season in the last decade.
The Browns entire team has regressed in 2019, especially former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, who fell off a statistical cliff in a year that he was expected to make the leap to franchise quarterback.
After a rookie season that saw the former Heisman trophy winner complete 63.8% of his passes for 3,725 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions (in just 14 games, mind you), Mayfield’s sophomore season has been markedly worse, as he’s completed 60.2% of his passes for 19 touchdowns and 18 interceptions through 15 games.
Heading into the 2020 season, Cleveland’s priority has to be reestablishing Baker Mayfield as the future of the franchise, as the former #1 overall pick in the 2018 draft looked like a shell of his former self this past year.
The Browns could be a potentially attractive destination, as they have talented players all over the roster, especially on offense, as they also boast the likes of Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, and Kareem Hunt in addition to Mayfield.
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