Mike Priefer departs as Vikings' special teams coordinator, will join Browns

The Browns allowed a horrific number of QB hits in Games 1-8 and yet had fewer than anyone else in the NFL from Games 9-16

The Browns allowed a horrific number of QB hits in Games 1-8 and yet had fewer than anyone else in the NFL from Games 9-16

He fosters a collaborative environment. There are a lot of great people in this front office that I'm excited to continue to work alongside with a singular focus on winning.

The Browns relied on a large contingent to handle their latest coaching search, a group comprised of ownership/family, football operations and analytics, with that final department playing no small role in the decision to decide between rookie play callers Freddie Kitchens and Kevin Stefanski, sources said. "He raised the bar for our offense a year ago, and I have no doubt he is going to raise the bar for our entire team".

It's expected that Kitchens will call his own plays, so the offensive coordinator will be heavily involved in game-planning and the further development of Baker Mayfield.

Williams was talking up his ability to lead the team and said since his last stint as a head coach (which was in 2003 with the Buffalo Bills) he was offered 11 head coaching jobs - four of which he didn't even need to interview for, they were simply his for the taking.

It was one of several reasons why general manager John Dorsey made the recommendation to hire Kitchens as the next head coach. Our goal is to work extremely hard to earn the right to raise that Lombardi Trophy for our fans and this city.

Kitchens and Mayfield connected on a personal level, two former college quarterbacks who bonded over a shared passion and senses of humor.

Under Kitchens, the Browns' offense made a massive turnaround, averaging more than 395 yards per game, executing nearly perfectly in the red zone and finishing with a 5-3 record over the final eight games. He coached with the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals before making the move to Cleveland. He has such a creative mind.

The Browns are coming off their best season in over a decade and are already the trendy pick to win the competitive AFC North in 2019.

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