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The Cleveland Browns have been grabbing a lot of attention with the staff they are putting together under Freddie Kitchens.
All three of their new coordinators are some of the best coordinators in the NFL. They also mesh very well with what the Browns want to do with Kitchens as head coach.
Steve Wilks brings head coaching experience and plenty of years on the defensive side of the ball, so Kitchens does not have to worry as much about that side of the ball. Todd Monken has similar philosophies as Kitchens, so they should mesh well with each other on the offensive side of the ball. And Mike Priefer has led some of the most explosive special teams units in his career.
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In today’s featured article, Terry Pluto mentions how coaches never wanted to come to Cleveland because they are destined to be fired, but this year shows that the thought process has changed.
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"But this is different, the executive explained. “Most of their top hires would be considered a B or B-plus.” He was talking about coordinators Todd Monken (offense), Steve Wilks (defense) and Mike Priefer (special teams). The executive believes Wilks was “over his head” as the head coach in Arizona. “But he’s an exceptional person and should be a very good coordinator there.”"
The Browns have done well in building a staff who fit what they need under Kitchens. There are also some hires that seem surprising, but could end up paying off in the long run, such as Tosh Lupoi. It would have been hard for the Browns to do a better of job of compiling a staff surrounding Kitchens, as they have pretty much nailed every hire.
The Browns needed to nail their hiring of defensive coordinator with Kitchens as head coach, and it appears that they have done so. Randy Gurzi discusses how one writer thinks that Wilks was the Browns most important hire this off-season.
"In recent years, some of the most effective antidotes to repetitive success have come from Ohio.It’s not Ohio Against the World, as proclaimed by some. It’s Ohio On Behalf of the World, taking down the tedious bullies no one else can handle.It happened in the NBA. It happened in college football. It should happen next in the NFL."
After showing great signs of progress in the second half of the 2018 season, the Cleveland Browns are being primed to make a playoff run next season, and potentially for many years to come. With the previous failures of the organization, the Browns will have the underdog mentality all season. They will likely be the underdogs throughout most of the season, but if they can upend the top organizations in the league in the next few seasons, then that perspective will change.
Following a couple of off-field incidents that came put publicly in late November, running back Kareem Hunt has been out of the league and placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. However, a league investigation into the incidents appears to be wrapping up, with multiple teams interested in Hunt’s services. That leads to the question of if the Browns will be linked to Hunt, even if they are not interested, because of Hunt’s connections to Cleveland.