Browns pass on Colts' Matt Eberflus as new head coach

Virginia Santiago
January 10, 2019

One name that could return is special teams coordinator Amos Jones, who spent time with Kitchens in Arizona on the Cardinals. ESPN's Chris Mortensen was the first to report the hiring, adding an official announcement will come later today.

Once coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired midway through the season, the Browns went 5-3 under interim coach Gregg Williams and Kitchens, who took over play-calling duties with rookie QB Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield completed 68.4 percent of his passes in his final eight games, tossing 18 touchdowns and making the Browns a fun offense in the process. Perhaps more importantly, Kitchens oversaw the successful rookie season of quarterback Baker Mayfield.

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"When you cause a defense to flinch a little bit or if you cause the defense to overthink a little bit, then maybe you have them on their heels instead of their toes", Williams said of Kitchens in late November, per ESPN's Pat McManamon.

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Kitchens and Williams kept their players focused and motivated following the mid-season coaching change and the Browns went 7-8-1 following an 0-16 season in 2017 under Jackson.

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While many fans were surprised that Williams was passed over given the Browns' resurgence to end the season, others viewed the Kitchens hiring as a smart move - as another National Football League team may have offered him a head coaching job had the Browns not promoted him.

The Browns are expected to announce the hire later Wednesday. The Browns also interviewed former Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, Saints tight ends coach Dan Campbell, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, and Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores for the job.

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