After last year’s promising end to the season under interim head coach Gregg Williams and offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens, there were high hopes for the Cleveland Browns this season. That was especially so after the high-profile trade for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr from the New York Giants, with many predicting Cleveland to end their long running playoff drought.
The NFL has already seen its first head coach casualty this season with Washington’s Jay Gruden paying the price for a sub .500-win loss record during his time in the nation’s capital. The rate of turnover at the top position in the league is well noted with eight vacancies appearing during or at the conclusion of last season.
This most recent edition of Monday Night Football presented a fascinating match-up between two of the NFL's most intriguing teams. Both the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns kicked off on Monday night following a win and eager to prove to the rest of the NFL that they're not pretenders.
Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos all hired first-time head coaches this offseason in Freddie Kitchens, Vic Fangio and Brian Flores.
Cleveland Browns hired interim offensive co-ordinator Freddie Kitchens as their new head coach. Kitchens represents a gamble, but so did Baker Mayfield.