Browns fire head coach Freddie Kitchens after one season


33ft/iStock(BEREA, Ohio) — The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Freddie Kitchens after just one season leading the team.The Browns announced the move in a statement Sunday night, following the team’s 33-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.“We are disappointed in our results and feel a change is necessary,” Cleveland’s general manager, John Dorsey, said in a statement. “Freddie is a good man and good football coach. We wish he and his family nothing but success.”“We thank Freddie for his hard work and commitment to this organization but did not see the success or opportunities for improvement to move forward with him as our head coach,” Dee and Jimmy Haslam, the owners of the Browns, said in a joint statement.With Sunday’s loss to the Bengals, Cleveland ended the regular season with a 6-10 record, failing to reach the playoffs.“Our focus is on hiring an exceptional leader for this football team and we will take a comprehensive approach to this process. We are excited about the core players we have to build around and develop and we look forward to bringing in a strong head coach that will put this group of players in the best position to succeed,” the Haslams said in their statement.Kitchens, 45, marked the sixth head coach, including interims, that the Browns have had since the Haslams purchased the team in 2012.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.