Once it became clear that Riley wasn't leaving the Sooners, promoting their offensive coordinator must have seemed like the best option. ESPN's Chris Mortensen was the first to report the hiring, adding an official announcement will come later today.
Kitchens and Mayfield formed a strong relationship during their time together, and Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam along with general manager John Dorsey are counting on the pair taking Cleveland to new heights. They ended the year 5-3 and scored below 20 points just twice - it happened four times in the first eight games under Haley.
Mayfield completed 68.4 percent of his passes in his final eight games, tossing 18 touchdowns and making the Browns a fun offense in the process.More news: Networks Fact-Check Trump Speech After Criticism Of Decision To Air
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.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Browns reportedly dialed it down to two finalists for their head coaching position in Kitchens and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski. "Cleveland and I get along well".
Some names to consider that are now on the Browns offensive staff that could appear as the offensive coordinator include senior offensive assistant Al Saunders, wide receivers coach Adam Henry, and running backs coach Ryan Lindley; it has been announced that quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese will not return under Kitchens, eliminating him from the conversation.More news: UK Parliament votes to create financial obstacle to a 'no-deal' Brexit
The Browns are expected to announce the hire later Wednesday. Gregg Williams was promoted to interim head coach, while Kitchens was bumped to offensive coordinator.
This is significant because the Browns interviewed Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus on Sunday, the day following the Indy's 21-7 wild-card win in which the defense put on an impressive showing.More news: Democrats touring border warn Trump against diverting funds for wall