Browns Fire Freddie Kitchens from Head Coach After 1 Year

Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens gestures during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Freddie Kitchens won’t get a second chance with the Cleveland Browns.

The team fired the rookie head coach on Sunday after a 6-10 season, making him the 11th coach since 2000 to last only one year with an organization.

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

Cleveland will now be in search of its sixth different full-time head coach since 2013.

The dismissal marks another reset for the organization with the league’s longest active playoff drought. Kitchens, who was promoted from running backs coach to interim offensive coordinator in 2018 before being given the top job in January, generated considerable excitement among many fans after Cleveland’s offense blossomed under his guidance in the second half of last season. The offseason acquisition of Odell Beckham Jr. heightened expectations, and Kitchens said in July the team’s goal “will always be to win the Super Bowl.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz