This Coach Turned Down The Cleveland Browns’ Job

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Williams was sacked on Wednesday when offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens took over as Cleveland's head coach.

It's a spectacular rise for Kitchens, who began the season as the team's running backs coach.

According to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, the former Buccaneers offensive coordinator was the runner-up for the Jets head coaching job. He joined the Buccaneers in 2016 as their offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach before becoming the full-time offensive coordinator in 2018.

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He has already interviewed with the Cincinnati Bengals for their opening at head coach and was reportedly in the mix to be the defensive coordinator under new head coach Adam Gase's staff with the New York Jets. "You have a resume that you check off the list and everything?"

And if the Broncos can't eventually get back on track with Fangio in charge, Elway, having taken the road less traveled in the 2019 coaching cycle and in total control, should start to worry about his own job security.

The 46-year-old Joseph was sacked by the Broncos last week after going 11-21 in two seasons.

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The 2018 season was his best as Fangio guided a defence that ranked No. 1 in the NFL, allowed a league-low 17.7 points per game and led the Bears into the playoffs for the first time in eight years.

A person familiar with the meeting says former Broncos coach Vance Joseph will interview to be defensive coordinator under new Browns coach Freddie Kitchens.

Along with Joseph, the Cardinals have also shown interest in defensive coordinator candidates Dom Capers, Chuck Pagano and Mike Nolan, reported 98.7 FM Arizona's Sports Station's John Gambadoro.

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The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday night because the team had not yet announced the hiring.