The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... Freddie Kitchens' audition as the Cleveland Browns' interim offensive coordinator led to his eventual hiring as head coach. The move made sense, of course, given how Kitchens turned around the offense, which included his work with QB Baker Mayfield, who owes a lot of the success of his rookie campaign to Kitchens. And by staying in-house with the hire, Cleveland ensured continuity, which Landry believes will only help an up-and-coming Browns team. "Yeah, man, it's a good thing," Landry told NFL.com.
Diehards Line: Landry continued: "All the things that he implemented and brought to the team and the offense when he stepped in, and now he has the chance to be over the entire team. It will be exciting to see the changes, the new things, but most of all being around the guys again." While Kitchens projects a fun-loving personality, Landry is quick to point out the new head coach didn't hesitate to have a keen eye on what went right or wrong down the stretch. "He's real critical of what we do and how we match up against our opponent," Landry said. What Kitchens did as an offensive coordinator surrounded the injection of life to his unit after taking over from Todd Haley ahead of Week 9. At that point of the season, the Browns were 2-5-1 and made sweeping changes by firing Haley and head coach Hue Jackson. Among the positives with Kitchens at the helm, the relationship between Landry and Mayfield blossomed. Given how the Browns closed out the season, Landry, Mayfield and the entire offense should only continue to develop in a positive direction under Kitchens.