Browns firefighter Freddie Cuisines after an embarrassing season in Cleveland, reports say

When the Browns lost to the Steelers early in the month, we imagined Freddie Kitchens had four games in the 2019 season to prove he was the right coach for Cleveland in 2020.

He failed.

On Sunday night, after the Browns lost their season finale against the Bengals to finish the year with a 6-10 record, the Kitchens reportedly fired after only one season as a coach in Cleveland. The 45-year-old became just the second coach in franchise history (Rob Chudzinski in 2013) to be fired after a year. Sunday’s unpleasant loss to Cincinnati was apparently the last straw.

The cooking of the kitchens is the product of two related factors. One was the level of sudden expectations that the Browns entered in the 2019 season, and the other was Kitchens’ apparent inability to manage a talented roster in a way that would deliver the desired results. As we noted earlier this month, the coach was paving the way for a team that is still trying to learn how to wear the playoff tag.

When the Kitchens were promoted by the Browns’ temporary offensive coordinator to the coach in January, the hiring seemed reasonable given the positive working relationship with General Baker Mayfield. Even when Cleveland’s general manager John Dorsey fills the roster with new talent in the form of Odell Beckham Jr., Kareem Hunt, Olivier Vernon and Sheldon Richardson giving the Browns the third best performance to win a Super Bowl between teams. AFC behind the Patriots and the Managers, the Kitchens had their own, apparently managing these new expectations with ease.

Then came the commotion.

Beckham didn’t appear for minicamp. Duke Johnson asked to be negotiated, and eventually his wish was granted despite the reluctance of Cuisine. Through the media, Browns staff members were warned by Kitchens not to leak information as unknown sources. Antonio Callaway was recalled. Cleveland lost to Denver when the Broncos started QB Brandon Allen, who had never taken a regular NFL snap.

Then came the Browns-Steelers brawl. Kitchens said he was ashamed of Myles Garrett, who threw a helmet and hit Pittsburgh QB Mason Rudolph on the head, a move that got the defensive end suspended for the rest of the season. A few weeks later, the Kitchens wore a chest with the words “Pittsburgh started it” printed on the chest – a reference to the brawl before the team’s rematch in Pittsburgh.

After the Browns lost this game, the Kitchens said his shirt was not a factor. The Steelers players disagreed. “I know our coach would never have done that,” Pittsburgh prisoner Ramon Foster said.

These are just a few moments that set a catastrophic time for Cleveland. The majority of their injuries were self-inflicted, causing the Kitchens to be set on fire.

The Browns will now look for the 22nd coach in franchise history. With the exception of Gregg Williams, who served in an interim role in 2018, no Cleveland coach has managed .500 or better than Marty Schottenheimer (.620) in 1984-88. A Browns coach has not led the team to the playoffs since 2002, when Butch Davis’ team fell to the Steelers in the wild-card round.

By banning an exceptional turnover in the year 2020, the next coach will live up to expectations similar to those that cost his kitchens work. Of course, based on what we now know about these Browns, at least they won’t be considered a Super Bowl 55 contender.

Including Kitchens and his final stats, below is the story of Browns training.

Coach
Principle
End
Toys
Wins
Losses
Links
W-L%
Games at the Playoff
The playoffs win
Losses in the playoffs
Super Bowls / championships
Kitchens Freddie
2019
2019
16
6
10
0
.375
0
0
0
0
Greg Williams
2018
2018
8
5
3
0
.625
0
0
0
0
Hue Jackson
2016
2018
40
3
36
1
.088
0
0
0
0
Mike Petin
2014
2015
32
10
22
0
.313
0
0
0
0
Rom Chujinsky
2013
2013
16
4
12
0
.250
0
0
0
0
Pat Shurmur
2011
2012
32
9
23
0
.281
0
0
0
0
Eric Mangini
2009
2010
32
10
22
0
.313
0
0
0
0
Romeo Crenell
2005
2008
64
24
40
0
.375
0
0
0
0
Terry Robiskey
2004
2004
5
1
4
0
.200
0
0
0
0
Butch Davis
2001
2004
59
24
35
0
.407
1
0
1
0
Chris Palmer
1999
2000
32
5
27
0
.156
0
0
0
0
Bill Belichick
1991
1995
80
36
44
0
.450
2
1
1
0
Jim Shofner
1990
1990
7
1
6
0
.143
0
0
0
0
Bud Carson
1989
1990
25
11
13
1
.460
2
1
1
0
Marty Schottenheimer
1984
1988
71
44
27
0
.620
6
2
4
0
Sam Rutigliano
1978
1984
97
47
50
0
.485
2
0
2
0
Forrest Gregg
1975
1977
41
18
23
0
.439
0
0
0
0
Dick Modzelewski
1977
1977
1
0
1
0
.000
0
0
0
0
Nick Scoric
1971
1974
56
30
24
2
.554
2
0
2
0
Blanton Collier
1963
1970
112
76
34
2
.691
7
3
4
1
Paul Brown
1946
1962
214
158
48
8
.767
14
9
5

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