Here are 5 things you should know about the new Browns coach:
1. He made the Browns better
Under Kitchens, the Browns offense improved greatly. His play-calling energized Mayfield, who finished with a rookie record 27 touchdown passes, with 19 of those coming when Kitchens was calling the plays. The Browns surrendered just five sacks during the second half of the season compared to 33 in the first half, which is the lowest of any team in the league.
2. He was a star quarterback
Kitchens was a star quarterback in high school, winning Alabama’s “Mr. Football” his senior season. He then went on to quarterback the Alabama Crimson Tide.
3. He got a second chance at life
In 2013, Kitchens talked about how he underwent emergency heart surgery to repair a defective aorta after experiencing dizziness and light-headed feelings. “I always felt like I lived life every day like it could be your last, but what an incident like that makes you realize and thankful for are the friends that you have,” Kitchens told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram in November.
4. He’s a quarterback whisperer
Kitchens worked closely with Carson Palmer in Arizona, serving as a tight ends and quarterbacks coach. While working in Arizona, Palmer set team records for passing yards (4,671) and touchdown passes (35) in a season.
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