Browns ensure Baker is cooking with Kitchens

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With Kitchens running the offense, Baker Mayfield became a star, and the offense put up big numbers in winning five of the final eight games, and almost beat the eventual AFC North Champion Ravens on the road in week 17.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the team will promote offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to the role.

The vibe sounds like the Browns will have their new head coach sooner than later - stay tuned.

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.

Kitchens, 44, was originally hired as the Browns assistant head coach and running backs coach in 2018 and was promoted during the season after head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired. You'll certainly be getting multiple coaching offers now.

Kitchens, who had his interview Monday, was one of seven candidates in the first round of interviews.

The Browns went 5-3 in the second half of the season and finished with a 7-8-1 record. 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.

An official announcement from the Browns announcing Kitchens is expected later this afternoon.

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