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3 Coaches That Could Replace Freddie Kitchens in Cleveland Next Season

Max Staley
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The Cleveland Browns have been one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL this season. Even though Cleveland had started to turn things around, with three straight victories prior to this Sunday, the Browns have now fallen to 5-8 shortly after losing Myles Garrett for the rest of the season due to his actions in an ugly brawl in Week 11.

If these trends continue, it's fair to expect first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens to be out of a job in Cleveland by the end of the season. And if the Browns eventually decide to move on, here are three potential replacements for Kitchens.

1. Lincoln Riley, Head Coach, Oklahoma Sooners

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Right now, the Browns' top priority should be ensuring that Baker Mayfield is in the best situation possible. He's quietly beginning to turn things around a tough start to 2019, having thrown nine touchdowns to just two interceptions in his last five games. Even so, he's averaged just 245.4 passing yards per game during that stretch, which is a steep decline from the 281.8 per game he averaged over his final eight games of 2018. Reuniting Mayfield with Lincoln Riley, his coach at Oklahoma when Mayfield won the 2017 Heisman Trophy, could potentially help him return to the level of play we saw down the stretch last season.

2. Robert Saleh, Defensive Coordinator, San Francisco 49ers

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If you've watched the San Francisco 49ers play this season, you've likely seen Robert Saleh's intense sideline celebrations. But he's known for more than just that, as he's helped take this 49ers' unit from the fifth-worst scoring defense in 2018, to the second-best in 2019. Cleveland has a remarkably talented defense, but like the offense, the unit just hasn't lived up to expectations. Perhaps Saleh could finally get this defense to play up to its potential.

3. Greg Roman, Offensive Coordinator, Baltimore Ravens

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What Greg Roman has done in his first year as the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens has been nothing short of remarkable, as Baltimore boasts the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL, averaging 35.1 points per game (PPG). While a lot of credit should be given to budding star QB Lamar Jackson, Roman has undeniably put him in a great position to succeed. The thing is, this isn't exactly new for him either. The 49ers were a top-12 scoring offense in three of Roman's four seasons as the team's OC, and the Buffalo Bills were a top-12 scoring offense in both of his seasons in Buffalo. Roman has done a great job with young QBs in the past, and he could be the right man to help get Mayfield's career back on track.

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