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Freddie Kitchens
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Freddie Kitchens was named running backs/associate head coach on Jan. 24, 2018. He has coached in the NFL the past 12 seasons.

Kitchens spent the past 11 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He spent 2017 as running backs coach. He was also quarterbacks coach for four years (2013-16) and tight ends coach for six seasons (2007-12).

Last season, Arizona acquired Adrian Peterson during a midseason trade. Peterson, who ranks 12th on the NFL all-time rushing list, led the Cardinals in rushing yards despite playing just six games.

During his time as quarterbacks coach, Kitchens helped Carson Palmer establish multiple single-season team records, including passing yards (4,671), touchdown passes (35) and passer rating (104.6). Palmer also became the only player in Cardinals history to throw for 4,000 yards in multiple seasons (2013, 2015-16). In 2015, the Cardinals had the top-ranked offense in the NFL for the first time in team history and set numerous single-season team records including points (489), touchdowns (59), touchdown passes (35), total net yards (6,533) and first downs (373).

In his final season as tight ends coach, Rob Housler recorded 42 receptions, the third-highest figure by a tight end in Cardinals history. In 2007, Arizona finished tied for fourth in the league with 32 passing touchdowns with eight coming from the tight end group. 

Kitchens began his NFL coaching career in 2006 as the tight ends coach with the Dallas Cowboys. In 2006, Kitchens worked with Jason Witten who was selected to the Pro Bowl.  

Prior to the NFL, Kitchens spent seven years coaching on the college level with stops at Mississippi State (2004-05), North Texas (2001-03), Louisiana State (2000) and Glenville State (1999).

A three-year starter at quarterback for the University of Alabama (1995-97), Kitchens finished his playing career with 4,668 yards and 30 touchdown passes for the Crimson Tide. He finished his collegiate career ranked third in school history in career attempts, fourth in career passing yards and fifth in career completions.

A native of Gadsden, Ala., Kitchens earned high school All-America honors and was named Mr. Football in the state of Alabama his senior season.

Kitchens and his wife, Ginger, have two daughters, Bennett and Camden. 

Freddie Kitchens’ Coaching Background:

1999                Glenville State University, offensive assistant
2000                Louisiana State University, graduate assistant
2001-03           North Texas University, running backs coach
2004                Mississippi State University, tight ends coach
2005                Mississippi State University, running backs coach
2006                Dallas Cowboys, tight ends coach
2007-12           Arizona Cardinals, tight ends coach
2013-16           Arizona Cardinals, quarterbacks coach
2017                Arizona Cardinals, running backs coach
2018-               Cleveland Browns, running backs coach/associate head coach

Freddie Kitchens was named running backs/associate head coach on Jan. 24, 2018. He has coached in the NFL the past 12 seasons.

Kitchens spent the past 11 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. He spent 2017 as running backs coach. He was also quarterbacks coach for four years (2013-16) and tight ends coach for six seasons (2007-12).

Last season, Arizona acquired Adrian Peterson during a midseason trade. Peterson, who ranks 12th on the NFL all-time rushing list, led the Cardinals in rushing yards despite playing just six games.

During his time as quarterbacks coach, Kitchens helped Carson Palmer establish multiple single-season team records, including passing yards (4,671), touchdown passes (35) and passer rating (104.6). Palmer also became the only player in Cardinals history to throw for 4,000 yards in multiple seasons (2013, 2015-16). In 2015, the Cardinals had the top-ranked offense in the NFL for the first time in team history and set numerous single-season team records including points (489), touchdowns (59), touchdown passes (35), total net yards (6,533) and first downs (373).

In his final season as tight ends coach, Rob Housler recorded 42 receptions, the third-highest figure by a tight end in Cardinals history. In 2007, Arizona finished tied for fourth in the league with 32 passing touchdowns with eight coming from the tight end group. 

Kitchens began his NFL coaching career in 2006 as the tight ends coach with the Dallas Cowboys. In 2006, Kitchens worked with Jason Witten who was selected to the Pro Bowl.  

Prior to the NFL, Kitchens spent seven years coaching on the college level with stops at Mississippi State (2004-05), North Texas (2001-03), Louisiana State (2000) and Glenville State (1999).

A three-year starter at quarterback for the University of Alabama (1995-97), Kitchens finished his playing career with 4,668 yards and 30 touchdown passes for the Crimson Tide. He finished his collegiate career ranked third in school history in career attempts, fourth in career passing yards and fifth in career completions.

A native of Gadsden, Ala., Kitchens earned high school All-America honors and was named Mr. Football in the state of Alabama his senior season.

Kitchens and his wife, Ginger, have two daughters, Bennett and Camden. 

Freddie Kitchens’ Coaching Background:

1999                Glenville State University, offensive assistant
2000                Louisiana State University, graduate assistant
2001-03           North Texas University, running backs coach
2004                Mississippi State University, tight ends coach
2005                Mississippi State University, running backs coach
2006                Dallas Cowboys, tight ends coach
2007-12           Arizona Cardinals, tight ends coach
2013-16           Arizona Cardinals, quarterbacks coach
2017                Arizona Cardinals, running backs coach
2018-               Cleveland Browns, running backs coach/associate head coach

 

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