Kitchens in 2019
|Born:||November 29, 1974|
|High school:||Attalla (AL) Etowah|
Freddie 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, and LSU Tigers. With the Cardinals, Kitchens has won one NFC Championship (in 2008) and was the NFC runner-up in 2015.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Notable head coaches under whom Kitchens has served:
- Nick Saban: LSU (2000)
- Bill Parcells: Dallas Cowboys (2006)
- Ken Whisenhunt: Arizona Cardinals (2007–2012)
- Bruce Arians: Arizona Cardinals (2013–2017)
- Hue Jackson: Cleveland Browns (2018)
Kitchens has two daughters with his wife, Ginger.
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