Charles Frederick Kitchens Jr. (born November 29, 1974) is an American football coach. He previously coached with the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Mississippi State Bulldogs, North Texas Mean Green (University of North Texas), LSU Tigers and Glenville State College Pioneers. Kitchens won one NFC Championship in 2008 with the Cardinals and was the NFC runner-up in 2015.

Freddie Kitchens
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Kitchens in 2019
Personal information
Born: (1974-11-29) November 29, 1974 (age 45)
Gadsden, Alabama
Career information
High school:Attalla (AL) Etowah
College:Alabama
Career history
As coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season:6–10 (.375)

College careerEdit

Freddie Kitchens was a quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide from 1993 to 1998, 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 1995 Citrus Bowl, and the 1997 Outback Bowl,[1] Winning all three respectively.

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 careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

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 CardinalsEdit

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 BrownsEdit

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 for the improvement of the Browns offense and was also acknowledged for helping Baker Mayfield have a successful rookie season. Mayfield was a runner-up 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. After the final game of the season, December 29, 2019, Kitchens was fired after just one season as head coach; only a few hours after a 33-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. [8]

Head coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CLE 2019 6 10 0 .375 3rd in AFC North
Total 6 10 0 .375 0 0 .000

Coaching pedigreeEdit

Notable head coaches under whom Kitchens has served:

Personal lifeEdit

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

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

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Edwards, Josh (November 29, 2018). "Freddie Kitchens has fun at Nick Chubb's expense in practice". Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Freddie Kitchens". www.clevelandbrowns.com. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "New TE Coach Kitchens Makes Jump To NFL". DallasCowboys.com. 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". Cleveland.com. 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". Cleveland.com. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  7. ^ Gribble, Andrew (January 12, 2019). "Freddie Kitchens named Browns head coach". NFL.com. 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.
  10. ^ Reed, Jesse. "Giants HC Joe Judge looking into signing Freddie Kitchens to offensive staff". yardbarker.com. Retrieved January 10, 2020.

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