It’s no secret that the Cleveland Browns haven’t met expectations this season. There are a ton of reasons for this but all the blame ultimately goes to the head coach Freddie Kitchens. Ownership will decide on his future with the team in the offseason.
There have been no reports that the Cleveland Browns are going to move on from their head coach and their 6-7 record is not enough to get him fired during the season. But it is possible the Browns will look for new leadership this offseason.
Not because Freddie Kitchens has been bad, his team is mathematically alive to make the playoffs and this is his first year as a play-caller and a head coach, so from that perspective, he isn’t doing too bad. They may decide to stay with the young coach but no one would be surprised if he was fired.
If they do, the first thing that comes to mind is who is going to replace him and is it going to work better. Don’t expect the Browns to go looking at elite college coaches like Lincoln Riley or Ryan Day, they have a young coach now and they probably won’t hire another one right now.
They need a coach that is going to be a grown-up in the locker room and in press conferences. They need someone who can command the respect of young players, someone who draws a clear line between player and coach.
This comes from an older coach with a winning pedigree in the NFL but just because they’ve won games doesn’t mean they’re the right voice for this team.
Cleveland has good, young talent on both sides of the ball so it should be an attractive coaching destination. There are some talented coordinators in the league and several head coaches without jobs so the pool of candidates is strong. Here are a few to look out for.