There is a "good chance" Freddie Kitchens won't be leaving Cleveland.
ESPN's Chris Mortenson was first to report the hire.
Kitchens became a fan favorite in Cleveland after the Browns' offense improved with him calling plays down the stretch of the season.
The Cleveland Browns are keeping it internal when it comes to their new head coach. In the last three games in Cleveland, Kitchens led the Browns offense to the second best passing offense and the 13th ranked rushing offense on a yards per game basis.
Under Haley, rookie quarterback and No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Baker Mayfield was 1-4 as a starter while completing 58.3 percent of his passes for 1,471 yards with 8 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
In addition to the Browns deciding to promote Kitchens to head coach, the team has made a decision to move on from Gregg Williams and his defensive staff, per ESPN. They won seven games in 2018 and hired offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens as their next head coach.
The Browns are moving quickly through the interviews for head coaches, and today a report from Ian Rapaport of NFL Network says "to his understandings" that it's down to two, one of which will eventually lead the Browns into the future.
"I like it here and I like it here a lot, and everybody around here knows that I like it here", Kitchens said last month. The 29-year-old does, however, only have two years of coaching experience, 2017 as a graduate assistant with San Diego State University, and this season with the Browns. Williams was the first candidate to interview for the coaching vacancy. "Cleveland and I get along well". Back when he was on Bruce Arians' staff in Arizona in 2013, he felt two pops in his chest, his vision blurred, and he went numb.
An official announcement from the Browns announcing Kitchens is expected later this afternoon.