Freddie Kitchens hears the criticism, but he doesn’t care.
The Browns offensive coordinator turned head coach spoke to the media Monday as he was officially announced as the team’s leader and he didn’t hold back. Kitchens addressed a number of things, including if he’ll continue calling plays for the offense, his vision for the team and even the critics.
“I know that I am not a popular choice,” Kitchens said, via The Plain Dealer. “I understand that and I don’t care. … If you are not wearing brown and orange … then you have to block out the noise in this business. Because, the noise is what gets you in trouble. You start making decisions based on things that do not pertain to winning.”
Kitchens began his career as a tight ends coach with the Cowboys in 2006. He spent a season in Dallas before a 10-year stint in Arizona. He joined the Browns organization in 2018 as an associate head coach and running backs coach, but Kitchens stepped into the offensive coordinator role after Cleveland fired Hue Jackson and Todd Haley midseason.
Kitchens plans to continue calling plays in 2019 despite hiring former Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
“I told Todd yesterday that I did not want to hire someone and just give them the title of offensive coordinator,” Kitchens said. “I wanted an offensive coordinator that just was not going to call plays.”
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Kitchens, along with Monken, will lead an offense that will see the return of quarterback Baker Mayfield, who finished his rookie season 11th in the league with 27 touchdowns. He completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 3,725 yards (the 17th best) and 14 interceptions.
The Browns finished the 2018 season with a 7-8-1 record and in third place in the AFC North.
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