CLEVELAND, Ohio (WTVG) - The Kitchens era is about to begin. The Cleveland Browns are set to formally introduce Freddie Kitchens as their new head coach during a press conference at noon on Monday. He will be the 17th head coach in the history of the franchise.
Kitchens has been coaching in the NFL for more than a decade but has never been offered the opportunity to run his own team until now. He had previously served as the Browns offensive coordinator before accepting his promotion.
In a statement shortly after the announcement, Kitchens said he plans to bring home a title for the Browns. "I've been to one Super Bowl that didn't end the way I wanted it to and that disappointing memory is what really drives me," said Kitchens. "Our goals is to work extremely hard to earn the right to raise that Lombardi Trophy for our fans and this city."
"Freddie is the best person to lead the Cleveland Browns," said General Manager, John Dorsey. "He helped unify our players in a tough time. He raised the bar for our offense last year and I have no doubt he is going to raise the bar for our entire team."
Ahead of his formal introduction, Kitchens and the Browns have been making some other additions to the coaching staff. They've hired Steve Wilks as defensive coordinator, Todd Monken to fill Kitchens' former role as offensive coordinator, and Mike Priefer as special teams coordinator.
You can watch the press conference live at the Cleveland Browns website