BEREA — General Manager John Dorsey said Monday the Browns will interview offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens for their head coaching vacancy.
Dorsey had already committed to interviewing interim coach Gregg Williams and revealed the interview will take place Tuesday.
Dorsey wouldn't say when Kitchens will interview for the job, but he will get he opportunity.
"Yes, he's earned that," Dorsey said when asked if Kitchens is a head coaching candidate. "He's done a nice job in his role as offensive coordinator, and I think this organization wants to get to know him a little bit better and we'll eventually get him in an interview slot and just move forward."
The Browns went 5-3 after promoting Williams and Kitchens on Oct. 29, the same day they fired coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
So why not keep Williams in charge and allow Kitchens to continue serving as the offense's play caller?
"I want to see [Williams'] overarching vision and plan for this organization moving forward," Dorsey replied. "I want to hear his thoughts on the team moving forward. But I also want to be able to explore multiple options out there in the National Football League and just see who fits in this organization moving forward. There may be some guys out there we don't know about yet. So I just want to explore all options and make the best decision for this organization."
The Browns have already reached out to former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, the Toronto Sun reported, and have requested permission to interview New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, according to ESPN.
Dorsey declined to answer whether the Browns will interview McCarthy and Flores but complimented both of them.
If the Browns hire a head coach other than Williams or Kitchens, can Dorsey envision keeping Kitchens as offensive coordinator?
"Whoever the head coach will be in the future, I think he's got to have the ability to hire his staff," Dorsey said. "Will we make suggestions? Yeah, that's what all people do. But at the end of the day, whoever that head coach is, it's going to be his decision if [Kitchens] stays or if he leaves."