This week, Ohio State announced that linebackers coach Bill Davis would be leaving the team to pursue opportunities in the National Football League after one season with the team.
The Browns' offense thrived with Kitchens as offensive coordinator, with rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield and rookie running back Nick Chubb both finishing their rookie campaigns with record-setting seasons.
Under Kitchens, who took over after the firing of former coordinator Todd Haley, Cleveland was reinvigorated.
Baker Mayfield pre-Freddie Kitchens as his OC: 130-of-223 (56.5%), 1,471 yards, 8 TD, 6 INT.
However, just one day before the report of Kitchens taking the reigns in Cleveland, Bruce Arians finalized a deal to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, taking most of his staff from his previous tenure in Arizona with him.
Browns GM John Dorsey spoke highly of Kitchens' ability to improve the offense during his post-season press conference.
According to one of the sources, the Browns are narrowing the search, which includes Kitchens, 44.
With Kitchens running the offense, Baker Mayfield became a star, and the offense put up big numbers in winning five of the final eight games, and almost beat the eventual AFC North Champion Ravens on the road in week 17. I'm not going to get involved.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the team will promote offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to the role.
Names such as Gregg Williams and, as previously mentioned, Zampese have already been dismissed from the team, and as the Kitchens era has begun, many fans patiently wait to see what his first move will be as the head coach in Cleveland.
They finished the season 7-8-1, marking their highest win percentage since 2007.
Kitchens himself was a quarterback at Alabama in the early-to-mid 1990s, and at the time of his departure he ranked fourth in the school's history in in passing yards.