Cabot's report also comes on the heels of an ESPN report that stated the Browns were putting their interest in former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy "on hold".
Kitchens and Mayfield formed a strong relationship during their time together, and Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam along with general manager John Dorsey are counting on the pair taking Cleveland to new heights.
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Another name to keep an eye on is Teryl Austin. Austin since has been the defensive coordinator for the University of Florida Gators for one season under Urban Meyer, the Detriot Lions for three years from 2014-2017 under Jim Caldwell, and the Cincinnati Bengals for less than a year this season before being relieved from his duties by Marvin Lewis.
The team spoke to Kitchens on Monday in Berea. Perhaps more importantly, Kitchens oversaw the successful rookie season of quarterback Baker Mayfield. According to a report from ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen, the Browns will announce the hiring of Freddie Kitchens - who served as the team's offensive coordinator after the firings of Hue Jackson and Todd Haley - as their coach on Tuesday afternoon. Given his inexperience, a rise from graduate assistant to National Football League offensive coordinator in the span of two years is an awfully risky chance to take. (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. Kitchens may be inexperienced but the connection he has with this offensive unit featuring a rookie at two critical positions can not be overstated.