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Once it became clear that Riley wasn't leaving the Sooners, promoting their offensive coordinator must have seemed like the best option.

Kitchens seems to be the fan favorite of the group for what he did with the teams' offense over the last eight weeks of the season when he took over for Todd Haley, who was sacked as offensive coordinator.

It appears the Cleveland Browns are staying close to home for their next head coaching job. Jackson only won three games in his two and a half years as head coach.

Mayfield completed 68.4 percent of his passes in his final eight games, tossing 18 touchdowns and making the Browns a fun offense in the process.

According to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot, Freddie Kitchens has a "good chance" of being named the Browns' next head coach.

One likely reason that the Browns chose to keep Kitchens was because of his relationship with Baker Mayfield.

"When you cause a defense to flinch a little bit or if you cause the defense to overthink a little bit, then maybe you have them on their heels instead of their toes", Williams said of Kitchens in late November, per ESPN's Pat McManamon. (Chubb's first start came in Week 7.) Kitchens has coached a several positions throughout his career (running backs, tight ends, quarterbacks), but he had been the team's running backs coach prior to being promoted to offensive coordinator under Gregg Williams, who stepped in as the interim head coach when Jackson and Haley were fired. "Cleveland and I get along well".

Moreover, Kitchens' story gave him a strength many first-time head coaches may not have. The 29-year-old does, however, only have two years of coaching experience, 2017 as a graduate assistant with San Diego State University, and this season with the Browns.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen says the Browns are hiring offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens as their next head coach.

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