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Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens has slowly worked his way into becoming a head coach in the NFL. The 44-year-old is entering his 14th season coaching in the NFL, all primarily as a positions coach.
After impressing and turning around the Browns offense during his short stint as offensive coordinator last season, Kitchens seemed destined to become Cleveland’s next head coach.
But even though Kitchens is entering his first season as a head coach, the Browns are still expected to win the AFC North and reach the playoffs, something that is not often asked of a first-year head coach.
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Today’s featured article explains why the expectations for Kitchens are unrealistic and might be the biggest expectations for a first-time head coach.
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"The Browns are the favorite to win the AFC North. They are predicted to make the playoffs, even if it’s not by winning the division. They have the third-best odds to win the AFC (just wild) and the sixth-best odds to win the Super Bowl. These expectations are out of control, and it’s all on Kitchens to make it happen."
The Cleveland Browns certainly have talent all over the field, but there is a good chance Kitchens will have to deal with growing pains as a new head coach. He may have an experienced staff surrounding him, but there will be tough moments throughout the season Kitchens will have to navigate. So the Browns reaching the playoffs this season may not be as easy as many think it will be.
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"But there is a good reason for the optimism. For the first time in a long-ass time, there seems to be an answer at coach and quarterback. The team was already a pick to click before acquiring one of the best receivers on the planet. There’s a lot happening right now. Let’s get started."
Even though the Browns have a rookie head coach, they have the talent on the roster that may not force Kitchens to make too many difficult decisions. But no matter what, this is the best situation the organization has been in for a long, long time.
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