The veteran defensive coach did interview for the head coach position, but the organization has opted to move on from Williams.
The Cleveland Browns have identified in-house candidate Freddie Kitchens and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as finalists for their head coaching job, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Browns will officially announce Kitchens as their head coach later today.
By now Freddie Kitchens is a familiar name to Browns fans because of how well the team and Baker Mayfield played when he took over the offense.
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It's a spectacular rise for Kitchens, who began the season as the team's running backs coach.
He revamped the offensive scheme, using multiple formations and tweaking the game plan to include calls that he knew his players were comfortable running. Not bad for a guy who had never been an offensive coordinator at any level of football before he took over for Haley.
After starting the season at 2-5-1, the Browns finished their year at 5-3 following the coaching change, matching their best win total in a decade.
It's clear that the head coach had to be able to work well with Mayfield or it was going to be an absolute waste of time and resources all the way around. "You have a resume that you check off the list and everything?"
"When you cause a defense to flinch a little bit or if you cause the defense to overthink a little bit, then maybe you have them on their heels instead of their toes", Williams said of Kitchens in late November, per ESPN's Pat McManamon.