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Reports: Browns block interview requests for Kitchens

Updated: 04-01-2019 04:38 IST

The Cleveland Browns are blocking requests from other teams to interview offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens for their own vacancies, according to multiple reports Thursday.

Per NFL Network, Kitchens has a fair shot at being the Browns' next head coach -- a job he'll interview for early next week -- and if he doesn't get the job, Cleveland wants to give its next coach a chance to keep Kitchens as coordinator. To this point, the Browns have either denied requests or asked teams to wait for the situation to sort out, per the report.

Kitchens, 44, remains under contract in Cleveland. He is coming off his first experience as an NFL coordinator, helping Baker Mayfield and the Browns' offense thrive in eight games after being promoted from quarterbacks coach following the firings of Hue Jackson and Todd Haley.

It's common practice for teams to deny interview requests for lateral positions. To this point, there is no indication any team has requested an interview with Kitchens for a head-coach opening, which would be more likely to be approved.

General manager John Dorsey told reporters at his season-ending press conference that interim head coach Gregg Williams and Kitchens would both be candidates for the Browns' full-time head-coaching job. Williams interviewed for the position on Tuesday.

Dorsey also said the new head coach (if not Kitchens) will have the opportunity to choose his own offensive coordinator if he wishes.

"Ultimately, whoever that head coach will be in the future, I think he has to have the ability to hire his staff," Dorsey said. "Will we make suggestions? Yeah, that's what all people do. At the end of the day, whoever that head coach is, it is going to be his decision."

--Field Level Media

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