It just so happens that Davis and Kitchens were on the same coaching staff in Arizona from 2007-2010, where Davis served as the linebackers coach for the first two years, and the defensive coordinator for the latter two; Davis's defenses ranked among the middle of the pack during his two-year stint as the defensive coordinator.
Williams was the first to interview on Jan. 1 followed by former Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell on Jan. 2, Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski Jan. 3, Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach Dan Campbell on Jan. 4, Patriots linebacker coach Brian Flores on Jan. 5 and Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus on Sunday.
Vacant NFL head coaching positions across the league are quickly filling up. But the real difference for the Browns was what Kitchens was able to do for rookie Baker Mayfield after offensive coordinator Todd Haley was shelved the same day Jackson was.
Another name to keep an eye on is Teryl Austin.
The Browns declined multiple requests from teams to interview Kitchens for offensive coordinator openings last week and now Kitchens gets to live his dream of leading his own team as a head coach. The offensive line only allowed five sacks under Kitchens, and the Browns average gain per play went up by two yards according to Football Outsiders. The rookie quarterback and Kitchens did great things together over the past year.
Kitchens and Williams kept their players focused and motivated following the mid-season coaching change and the Browns went 7-8-1 following an 0-16 season in 2017 under Jackson.
The Browns will be looking for Kitchens to turn around their fortunes going forward and are hoping that by making him their head coach, he can continue to develop Mayfield into top quarterback.
The Browns also have blocked other teams from interviewing Kitchens, indicating they want him to stay with the organization.