Kitchens and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski were reportedly the finalists for the job. Stefanski, whose contract with the Vikings expired Tuesday, will apparently return to Minnesota after failing to land the Browns' job.
The hiring of Kitchens continues a meteoric rise for the 44-year-old, who began this season as Cleveland's running backs coach and associate head coach. He moved into the offensive coordinator role after the Browns fired Todd Haley along with head coach Hue Jackson.
Cleveland will not retain the services of Gregg Williams, who finished the season as interim head coach. He compiled a 5-3 record after replacing Jackson.