Cleveland Browns fans eagerly waiting for a wave of change to crash down on Berea on Black Monday may be in for a disappointing Monday.
That is because owner Jimmy Haslam reportedly wants head coach Freddie Kitchens to stick around for a second year.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, along with his colleague Tom Pelissero, have had conversations with a “multitude of sources” as the NFL readies itself for the annual head coaching purge on Monday, and there may be hope yet for Kitchens:
The future of Browns coach Freddie Kitchens is undecided as well, though it appears the desired outcome for owner Jimmy Haslam is to keep him. A rough skid to end the season that included a loss to the lowly Bengals would be bad. But those with deep knowledge of the Browns point out a few facts: Quarterback Baker Mayfield and his injured group of WRs have barely practiced this year. And winning seven games, if it happens, was within the realm of expectations inside the building. They understood many of the new players brought in do not have a history of winning and that takes time. Plus, Kitchens has done a much better job in the second half of the year guiding the players and instilling discipline. His future has not been decided, but many involved hope and believe he stays.
The Browns will close out the season on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals looking to end the year with a victory for the first time since 2009. Whether or not that would be enough to save Kitchens’ job after a disappointing season, or even if randomly tying a game to a coach’s future is a good idea, has been the subject of debate for weeks.
One way or another, everyone will know sometime on Monday.