Ian Rapoport calls Cleveland Browns coaches ‘high-powered’

BOWLING GREEN, KY - DECEMBER 5: Head Coach Todd Monken of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles on the sidelines during a game against the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens-Smith Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Hilltoppers defeated the Golden Eagles 45-28. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
BOWLING GREEN, KY - DECEMBER 5: Head Coach Todd Monken of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles on the sidelines during a game against the WKU Hilltoppers at Houchens-Smith Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Hilltoppers defeated the Golden Eagles 45-28. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /
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NFL Insider Ian Rapoport likes the coaching staff the Cleveland Browns have put around head coach Freddie Kitchens, calling them ‘high-powered’ and ‘experienced’

A lot has been said about the Cleveland Browns hire of head coach Freddie Kitchens. Fans seem to love the move as Kitchens is new and fresh — not to mention a lot of fun in his press conferences.

On top of his engaging personality, Kitchens is a guy who worked extremely well with No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. After seeing the way the new face of their franchise developed under Kitchens play calling, it felt like a no-brainer to give him the job.

Having said that, Kitchens is still inexperienced. He was a long-time assistant with the Arizona Cardinals but has just eight games as an offensive coordinator under his belt. That will lead to quite a transition now taking over the entire team.

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However, the Browns understand this and have done a great job putting some coaches around him who can help. And that staff is getting praise from people such as NFL Insider Ian Rapoport who called the assistants around Kitchens a “high-powered, experienced coaching staff.” 

Rapoport began talking about the Browns on NFL Network saying Kitchens will be a lot of fun for the Cleveland media and immediately went into the credentials of his coordinators. First was Todd Monken, who Rapoport reminds us nearly got the head coaching job with the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets.

He also talked up Steve Wilks, who was a head coach last season with the Cardinals. That didn’t go well, but Wilks wasn’t given ample time to turn things around. Even with the poor season in 2018, Wilks has been a long-time assistant coach and is very well-respected for his defensive prowess.

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The 2019 season for the Cleveland Browns is full of hope that they can continue the solid run they had to end 2018. GM John Dorsey hitting on some coaching hires is a huge reason for that optimism.

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