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The Head Coaching Carousel in Cleveland: Who Will Step Up

The Cleveland Browns will be searching for their first coach of the new decade. Fans hope it is someone who can win instantly.

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After the Cleveland Browns’ 33-23 loss to the then 1-14 Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17, former head coach Freddie Kitchens was removed from his position. Under Kitchens, the Browns were one of the most undisciplined and disappointing teams in the league.

In an offseason that was highlighted by bringing in star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants, the Browns had high expectations. After beating the Baltimore Ravens in Week four to even their record up at 2-2, the Browns were tied for first place in the AFC North.

From there, it went downhill. Mayfield and Beckham struggled, and the Browns never lived up to their preseason hype. There were high hopes for Kitchens, whom Mayfield thrived under in 2018, but Browns fans could not help but wonder when he would be canned.

Who is going to be the next head coach in Cleveland? No idea, but the hope is that they will be there for longer than two years. Believe it or not, Hue Jackson was the last coach to be in Cleveland for longer than two seasons, as he coached all of 2016 and 2017, before being canned in 2018.

The last head coach to have a winning record in Cleveland? Gregg Williams, who went 5-3 after replacing Hue Jackson. Browns fans were taken by surprise when he was not re-hired. He is now in New York as the Jets’ defensive coordinator.

Would Williams come back to Cleveland? Not sure. After not being hired after leading the Browns to a winning record, it is tough to imagine that Williams would want to re-join the Dawg Pound.

Who are some other coaches out there?

Mike McCarthy, the quarterback guru who led the Packers to a Super Bowl title in 2010, is out there. He could help develop Mayfield into the star people expect him to be. Lincoln Riley? He has no plans to leave Oklahoma, but he was Mayfield’s college coach. Josh McDaniels? He has been with Tom Brady since 2012, and has enjoyed three Super Bowl titles (2015, 2017, 2019) in that span.

Whoever the Browns hire, it will be someone who knows how to win.

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