Freddie Kitchens, the best thing to happen to Cleveland football since the color orange

Freddie Kitchens, the best thing to happen to Cleveland football since the color orange
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Something strange happened when John Dorsey canned Hue Jackson and Todd Haley, after the pair posted a miserable 2-5-1 record.

The Cleveland Browns started to win. They went 5-3 to finish the season, with the offense improving in virtually every way under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens.

Consider the following, per ClevelandBrowns.com:

“Cleveland surrendered just five sacks during the second half of the season -- by far the lowest of any team in the league -- compared to 33 in the first half. Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 68 percent of his passes for 2,254 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions compared to a mark of 58/1,471/8/6 in the first half. Rookie Nick Chubb averaged 84.75 rushing yards per game and eight different receivers caught a touchdown pass. The Browns turned nearly every red zone trip into a touchdown under Kitchens.”

The stats and Browns' offensive performance likely were top of mind as they sat down to interview Kitchens for the head coaching position on Monday.

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