After an extensive search that saw them interview several candidates, the Browns decided to keep their head coach position in-house.
But they didn't settle on interim head coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Instead, ESPN is reporting offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens will be named the team's 18th head coach. Williams was not retained as defensive coordinator and is out of the organization. Multiple reports indicate that most of the existing staff is expected to be fired.
Kitchens began the season as assistant head coach/running backs coach but was elevated to offensive coordinator when head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were fired at midseason.
Under the direction of Kitchens, rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield flourished, completing 68.4 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns, eight interceptions and five sacks while leading the Browns to a 5-3 finish. The Browns were 7-8-1 overall, finishing third in the AFC North behind the Ravens and Steelers.
The Browns had gone 1-31 in the previous two seasons under Jackson.
Kitchens spent 11 seasons with the Cardinals as running backs, quarterbacks and tight ends coach before joining the Browns.
Kitchens will be the 11th head coach -- counting interim coaches -- since the Browns returned to Cleveland in 1999.