Cleveland Browns Fire Head Coach Freddie Kitchens After One Season

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Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens watches during the first half of the season opener against the Tennessee Titans at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday, September 8, 2019. Ron Schwane/AP

The Freddie Kitchens experiment as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns lasted one season. Four hours after the Browns embarrassing 33-23 loss to a one win Cincinnati Bengals team entering the season finale, Kitchens has been fired by the franchise.

In a season filled with high expectations with a talented roster, Kitchens guided the Browns to a 6-10 season, a worse record than in 2018 when Cleveland went 7-8-1.

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“I would like to thank Freddie for his dedication and efforts this past season. We are disappointed in our results and feel a change is necessary,” general manager John Dorsey said in a release from the team. “Freddie is a good man and good football coach. We wish he and his family nothing but success.”

“We thank Freddie for his hard work and commitment to this organization but did not see the success or opportunities for improvement to move forward with him as our head coach. Our focus is on hiring an exceptional leader for this football team and we will take a comprehensive approach to this process,” owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam said in a release from the team. “We are excited about the core players we have to build around and develop and we look forward to bringing in a strong head coach that will put this group of players in the best position to succeed.”

Kitchens became the head coach on January 9 after serving as the team’s running backs coach and interim offensive coordinator in 2018.

Kitchens is the second head coach to be fired after just one season since the Haslams took ownership of the franchise.

Scott Piker is the Cleveland BrownsCleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage.com. So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport

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