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Youth Duke Johnson Jr Jersey (http://www.thebrownsfootballauthentic.com/duke-johnson-jersey-authentic) , Josh Gordon was considered the star WR, in the backfield was Carlos Hyde and the offensive coordinator was Todd Haley. Today, none of those guys are with the Browns. While the interim head coaching title is affixed onto former DC Gregg Williams, it is widely known that he has been in the head coach capacity in the past. But also announced was that the new OC would be Browns’ RB coach Freddie Kitchens. Who is he, and where did he come from?Kitchens played QB for the Alabama Crimson Tide from 1993 to 1997. He played sparingly in 1993 and then redshirted a season. Starter Jay Barker graduated in 1994 and Kitchens competed with Brian Burgdorf for the starting nod. Burgdorf played most of the season as the starter for head coach Gene Stallings as Bama went 8-3-0. Kitchens played quite a bit but threw only 127 passes with 63 completions for 811 yards and three TDs. The following year, the Tide took home a 10-3-0 record, then lost to Florida in the SEC Championship Game. They defeated Michigan 17-14 in the Outback Bowl and finished the season with an 11th place ranking. Kitchens was now the starting QB and busted out for 2,124 yards on 302 attempts with 152 passes completed. He also sported a 50.3 completion percentage and tossed 14 TDs as well as 14 INTs. His QB rating was 115.4.In his final season with Bama, Kitchens was once again the starter but Stallings had retired from coaching and in his stead the school hired Mike DuBose. The team finished 4-7-0 after starting the year 3-1-0 and struggled offensively. Kitchens finished the year with 121 completions from 237 attempts, 1,545 yards, 11 TDs with only four INTs, a 51.1 completion percentage and a final QB rating of 117.8.In 1992, Upper Deck produced a 300-card Alabama football card set and featured Kitchens on card number 69.His first coaching job was at D-II Glenville State College in Glenville, West Virginia. Kitchens was hired as the RB and TE coach and the Pioneers went 5-6-0. From there, he would also coach running backs and tight ends for LSU, North Texas and Mississippi State. Future Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells hired Kitchens as his TE coach in 2006 with the Dallas Cowboys. This is a coaching staff that had Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer, Chargers’ head coach Anthony Lynn, former Dolphins’ head coach Tony Sparano, Jets’ head coach Todd Bowles, and former Browns’ OC Todd Haley who Kitchens now replaces. TE Jason Witten was elected to the Pro Bowl while under Kitchens’ direction. That would become Parcells’ final year in coaching, so in 2007, Kitchens accepted the TE coaching position with the Arizona Cardinals. With an offensive mind, he was elevated to the QB coach in 2013 and held that position until 2016. He coached Carson Palmer in his Pro Bowl year of 2015 while with the Cardinals. Former Jacksonville Jaguars first-round pick Byron Leftwich was brought in to coach the QBs in 2017 and Kitchens was then switched to the RB coach where he tutored veterans Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson http://www.thebrownsfootballauthentic.com/derrick-kindred-jersey-authentic , plus the youngster David Johnson. Kitchens with QB Carson PalmerWhen Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians announced his retirement and again, a new head coach with his own people brought in a high-probability, Kitchens accepted the Browns’ position of assistant head coach/RB coach for this year. So, first off this will be Kitchens’ first stint as an offensive coordinator. However, he has constructed an NFL coaching career that has spanned into his 12th season coupled with seven years as a college offensive coach. He did call all the plays against Detroit in the Browns’ fourth preseason game in which 35 points were scored. Kitchens has also been on the staff with numerous coaches who have found success and have been hired as head coaches. Arians was known for his offensive prowess and developed QB Peyton Manning.The 2018 season started with so much promise, especially on offense. But this side of the ball has sputtered. Kitchens is new to the Browns having been hired in January. He is not an outwardly personality and doesn’t seek notoriety or attention like Haley seemingly did. He will become a coordinator that will fall in line instead of attempting to maneuver around someone else. The continued development of QB Mayfield is paramount. The defense is the rock of the club. The offense needs to improve and time will only tell if Kitchens can do this. He has worked with -and under - some very good coaches at the NFL level and has helped develop some very good core players. Now is his time to continue that process with the Browns. John Dorsey's roughest week running the Browns will close with a reunion.The Kansas City Chiefs were once his football family — before the feud.On Sunday, Cleveland's first-year general manager will get an up-close look at the team he helped build into a Super Bowl contender playing against the one he's trying to revive after years of decay — and just days after another coaching clean-out.Dorsey served as Kansas City's GM from 2013 to 2017, and was instrumental in the team drafting quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who leads the NFL with 26 touchdown passes, and in just his second year, has become the face of K.C's franchise.Before he was fired by the Chiefs, Dorsey also selected running back Kareem Hunt, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce — a trio of options who have sped up Mahomes' development."John picked 'em," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said this week. "Yeah. He picked 'em."It was an honest admission from Reid, who arrived with Dorsey in 2013 and appeared to win a power struggle when the GM was surprisingly let go in 2017, not long after the Chiefs gave their coach a contract extension.The team has never given a direct reason for Dorsey's firing.On a conference call this week, Reid didn't want to get into specifics about his relationship with Dorsey or why Brett Veach was promoted to replace him."I am friends with John. I have been friends with John. I will leave it at that," Reid told Cleveland reporters. "Things happen, and it happened. I have the utmost respect for him. You just watch how he gets that thing turned around right there."Mahomes wasn't with Dorsey for very long, but got to know him during the pre-draft process."Dorse is an awesome guy," Mahomes said. "He is the guy who sent the pick in and got me. He is an awesome talent evaluator, as well as a guy. It was nice to get to know him for a little amount of time."In the 10-plus months he's been on the job in Cleveland, Dorsey has disassembled the team's roster, added talent through free agency and the draft and maybe found the team's franchise QB in rookie Baker Mayfield.There's plenty of work ahead Womens Jarvis Landry Jersey (http://www.thebrownsfootballauthentic.com/jarvis-landry-jersey-authentic) , but Reid believes the Browns have the right man in charge."I think John is going to do a phenomenal job for you guys," he said. "He has already done it. You have seen what he has done. You guys are in good hands."MAHOMES-MAYFIELD PART IIThe previous time they squared off, Mahomes and Mayfield broke records and nearly the scoreboard.Mayfield passed for 545 yards and seven touchdowns, Mahomes had five and they rolled up over 1,700 total yards in 2016. Mayfield led Oklahoma to a 66-59 win over Texas Tech."That game was crazy, a lot of numbers, but I wish we'd have come out with a win at the end," said Mahomes, who passed for 734 yards.Mahomes also had another big number the Browns can't let him duplicate."They were 20 of 25 on third down," he said. "I think if we can keep them from completing 20 of 25 third downs, then we will have a better chance of winning."BUILT FORD TOUGHChiefs linebacker Dee Ford was the AFC defensive player of the week after sacking the Broncos' Case Keenum three times and stripping him twice of the ball. Ford has eight sacks this season and, perhaps more importantly, has remained healthy after a career marked by a series of nagging injuries in his first four seasons."Just to see him back enjoying the game and playing at the level he is, man, I'm just happy for the kid," Reid said.STRETCHING THE RULESThe Chiefs defended how they use downfield blocks on their run-pass options this week after the Broncos argued their offensive linemen are cheating. Broncos coach Vance Joseph said he noticed several instances in which they headed downfield early, setting up blocks against the Denver linebackers and helping turn short gains into big ones."I haven't heard that but I can tell you what we tell them. It's timing and we keep it as precise as we can," Reid said. "I always ask officials beforehand if there's anything I need to tell my guys and that's never been an issue."BRAGGING RIGHTSBrowns interim coach Gregg Williams raised some eyebrows by boasting he's had other chances to coach since being fired in 2003 by Buffalo."I have had 11 letters sent in to interview for head coaching jobs," he said. "Four of them I did not even have to show up. Just sign the contract and come."It wasn't clear if Williams was joking, but he stood by his comments.The next day, new Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens took a playful jab at his colleague."I thought this was going to come up, but it didn't come up and I want to address it," Kitchens said to end his first news conference. "I have not been offered any head coaching jobs."AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta in Kansas City contributed to this report.