It is expected that Kitchens' staff will be announced in the coming days.
It's hard to suss out how much of that was due to Kitchens and how much was due to (a) Mayfield coming into his own after reliving Tyrod Taylor in Week 3 and getting his first start in Week 4; and (b) the front office's decision to trade Carlos Hyde, which thrust Chubb into the lineup.
The Cleveland Browns have been a notoriously unfortunate spot for many head coaches in recent years, which has led to countless firings.
Under the direction of Kitchens, rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield flourished, completing 68.4 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns, eight interceptions and five sacks while leading the Browns to a 5-3 finish.
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Kitchens, 44, interviewed with the Browns on Monday, and interim head coach Gregg Williams also interviewed for the job last week. While building game plans, he empowered his players by asking them what plays they were most comfortable running.
The Browns finished the season with a 7-8-1 record.
The hires mean that only the Jets, Dolphins and Bengals remain in the hunt for their next head coach.
The barrel-chested Kitchens became a fan favorite in a city that loves underdogs.
"I can tell you Mike McCarthy wanted the job, and the Browns wanted him but he did not want to keep Freddie Kitchens as OC", he reports. The Browns instead went with a younger, hungry, first-time head coach, and tried to get ahead of the curve on getting the "next big thing". Kitchens was a condition of employment for Browns candidates, or at least McCarthy, and they may have dodged a bullet.