Freddie Kitchens

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Freddie Kitchens
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Kitchens in 2019
Cleveland Browns
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1974-11-29) November 29, 1974 (age 44)
Gadsden, Alabama
Career information
High school:Attalla (AL) Etowah
Career history
As coach:
  • Glenville State (1999)
    Running backs coach & tight ends coach
  • LSU (2000)
    Graduate assistant
  • North Texas (2001–2003)
    Running backs coach
  • Mississippi State (2004–2005)
    - Tight ends coach (2004)
    - Running backs coach (2005)
  • Dallas Cowboys (2006)
    Tight ends coach
  • Arizona Cardinals (2007–2017)
    - Tight ends coach (2007–2012)
    - Quarterbacks coach (2013–2016)
    - Running backs coach (2017)
  • Cleveland Browns (2018–present)
    - Associate head coach & running backs coach (2018)
    - Offensive coordinator (2018)
    - Head coach (2019–present)
Head coaching record
Regular season:2–4 (.333)

Charles Frederick Kitchens (born November 29, 1974) is an American football coach and former player who is the head coach for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He has previously been a coach for the Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Mississippi State Bulldogs, North Texas Mean Green (University of North Texas), and LSU Tigers. With the Cardinals, Kitchens has won one NFC Championship (in 2008) and was the NFC runner-up in 2015.

College career[edit]

Freddie Kitchens was a quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide from 1993 to 1997, during which time he threw for 4,668 passing yards and 30 touchdowns. In his three seasons as a starter, Alabama went 22-13 and played in the 1993 Gator Bowl, the 1994 Citrus Bowl, and the 1996 Outback Bowl.[1]

At the time of his departure, he ranked third in the school's history in career passing attempts, fourth in career passing yards, and fifth in career completions.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Following his college career, he served as an assistant coach for several college teams, before joining the Dallas Cowboys staff as tight ends coach in 2006.[3]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Kitchens then worked on the Arizona Cardinals staff for 11 years, from 2007 to 2017. He coached tight ends, quarterbacks, and running backs.[4]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

In 2018, Kitchens was hired as running backs coach for the Cleveland Browns.[5]

On October 29, 2018, after week 8 of the 2018 season, the Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Gregg Williams was named interim head coach, and Kitchens was promoted to offensive coordinator.[6] The Browns finished the season with a 5–3 record, after a 2–5–1 start under Jackson. Kitchens was credited to the improvement of the Browns offense and Baker Mayfield becoming a successful rookie quarterback who was a runner up candidate for NFL rookie of the year.

On January 12, 2019, Kitchens was named head coach by the Cleveland Browns.[7] On September 8, 2019, the Browns lost to the Tennessee Titans by a score of 43-13 in Kitchens' head coaching debut. The loss marked the 15th consecutive week one without a win for the Browns, whose week one record since 2004 is 0-14-1.[8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Wins Losses Ties Win % Finish Wins Losses Win % Result
CLE 2019 2 4 0 .333 TBD
Total 2 4 0 .333 - - -

Coaching pedigree[edit]

Notable head coaches under whom Kitchens has served:

Personal life[edit]

Kitchens has two daughters with his wife, Ginger.[9]

In 2013, Kitchens underwent emergency surgery to repair an aortic dissection.[9]


  1. ^ Edwards, Josh (November 29, 2018). "Freddie Kitchens has fun at Nick Chubb's expense in practice". Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Freddie Kitchens". Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "New TE Coach Kitchens Makes Jump To NFL". June 29, 2006. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  4. ^ Cabot, Mary Kay (January 8, 2019). "Freddie Kitchens has a good chance of being named the Browns head coach, sources say". Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  5. ^ Risdon, Jeff (January 24, 2018). "Browns hire Freddie Kitchens as new RB coach". USA Today. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Bielik, Tim (October 29, 2018). "Freddie Kitchens named Browns offensive coordinator: Get to know more about him". Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  7. ^ Gribble, Andrew (January 12, 2019). "Freddie Kitchens named Browns head coach". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  8. ^ McConnell, Martin (September 8, 2019). "Cleveland Browns: Week 1 loss to Tennessee instant reactions". Dawg Pound Daily. Fansided.
  9. ^ a b Somers, Kent (June 5, 2013). "Cardinals QB coach undergoes emergency heart surgery". USA Today. Retrieved January 8, 2019.

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