What they're saying about Freddie Kitchens: Baker Mayfield, Dabo Swinney, Kurt Warner and more thrilled for Browns head coach

Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner:
(Warner was in Arizona for five years while Kitchens was on the offensive staff)

“I’m extremely excited for Freddie and this opportunity that he has been working for since I was with him in Arizona. What I appreciate so much about Freddie is that what you see is what you get - no matter the situation or circumstances you may find yourself in. You always know where you stand with him and he never allows the highs and lows of NFL to affect his approach towards the process. It was fun for me, this past season, to see the league get a glimpse of the quality of coach he is. I’m looking forward to watching his impact on Cleveland and how he takes on this new role and challenge. I believe the players are going to love playing for him and he is going to do a great job of putting a great product on the field, but more importantly helping grow young men on and off the field.”

Former NFL QB Carson Palmer:
(Kitchens was Palmer’s QB coach in Arizona for four seasons)

“I’m so happy for Freddie and excited for Browns fans. Freddie will put a very disciplined team on the field year in and year out. He will pour his heart into his team and they will play with passion and love for one another and the game. Freddie is a true gem and a brilliant hire by the Browns.” 

Former Alabama Head Coach Gene Stallings:
(Kitchens played QB under Stallings)

“The thing that impressed me from Day 1 about Freddie was his toughness. A lot of people who play quarterback are not as tough as some of the other positions, but Freddie was extremely aggressive and tough. He did a good job in the pros, worked for Bill Parcells for a year and worked for Nick Saban at LSU, so he’s got a good background. I think he’ll do an excellent job for Cleveland.”

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney:
(Swinney was on the offensive staff at Alabama when Kitchens was QB)

“I’ve known Freddie a long time. He’s tough and he’s a winner. He always has been. I thought he did a great job of taking advantage of his interim opportunity and rallying the team, which has afforded him this opportunity. I have no doubt he’ll take and run with it. I think the Browns got it right giving him the opportunity to lead them.”

Chargers Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt:
(Kitchens with the TE coach in Arizona while Whisenhunt was head coach for six seasons)

“I think he did a great job when they put him in the role as a coordinator. He's been working at it a long time. He was a good player as a quarterback at Alabama, and he was certainly good on our staff when we were in Arizona.”

Browns QB Baker Mayfield:

“It was great working with and learning from Freddie last year. He has such a creative mind. He creates mismatches and just put guys in position to take advantage of their opportunities. He puts trusts in us as players. He’s the same guy every day. I’m really excited about 2019 and the future of the Cleveland Browns.” 

Browns OL Joel Bitonio:

“Freddie really did a great job of working with the offensive players the last half of the year. He put us in the best position to succeed. He connected well with us as players. He brought energy, competitiveness and leadership. I’m really looking forward to what he can do as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.”  

Browns LB Joe Schobert:

“I’m looking forward to building on the momentum we gathered in 2018 and powering through the 2019 season and beyond. Freddie is a good man and I can’t wait to see what the new Cleveland Browns have in store.”

Browns LB Christian Kirksey:

“I believe in Freddie. I think he’s the right guy to lead this team. He’s a passionate guy and he gets it. I’m excited to see how this team excels to the top.” 

Browns WR Jarvis Landry:

“I’m excited about the opportunity that he has. I think this is the direction. We can build on all of things that we did well last year.”

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