Freddie Kitchens' resume has its interesting points. His biggest selling point relative to others landing head coaching jobs can't quite be quantified.

How does Freddie Kitchens fit into the landscape of head coaches landing jobs in today's NFL?

Where does he fit among pilots who have come through Cleveland?

Here's a quick look at the men landing jobs in the current hiring cycle, relative to the man the Browns have elected to lead them.

- Bruce Arians, who originally only had eyes for Cleveland, has been plucked by the Buccaneers. Arians, 66, didn't get his first full-time head coaching job until he was 60. He ran with it, leading Arizona to a 50-32-1 record after the Cardinals' previous nine head coaches had losing records.

Both Arians and Kitchens are former college quarterbacks. Kitchens was Arians' quarterback coach for four years and running backs coach for one season. Their charismatic personal styles are similar in ways that appealed to the Browns.

- Arizona has hired Kliff Kingsbury, another former college quarterback (Texas Tech). Kingsbury, 39, was Tech's head coach the last six seasons, the first of which featured the debut of a walk-on freshman named Baker Mayfield. Kingsbury was Johnny Manziel's position coach and coordinator at Texas A&M in 2012, the year Manziel won a Heisman Trophy.

- The Packers hired Matt LaFleur, still another former college quarterback (Saginaw Valley State) who is in the general age range of Kitchens and Kingsbury. LaFleur was late to the NFL coaching game, having been an assistant under Lee Owens at Ashland as recently as 2007.

Like Kitchens, LaFleur has experience as an NFL offensive coordinator, but not much, having spent a year with the Rams and a year with the Texans. The Rams job put him alongside McVay; that's a very nice line on a 2019 resume.

McVay was 30 when the Rams hired him as head coach two years ago. He was not a college QB (played wide receiver for Miami, Ohio), but learned quite a bit from his grandfather, John McVay, who was a Canton Central Catholic coach on his way to being player personnel chief for five 49ers teams that won Super Bowls.

Kitchens can't boast of anything like that, although he did make it to the big time at a young age. He was an Alabama kid who became a three-year starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide.

- The Jets hired Adam Gase, who became a rising star in Denver after joining Josh McDaniels' offensive staff in 2009. Gase was viewed in a similar light to McVay when the Dolphins hired him as their head coach in 2016. That didn't work, but he's back in a saddle.

- Vic Fangio is the new head coach in Denver. At a time when young offensive genius McVay's instant success has franchises wanting their own McVay, Fangio is an old-guard defensive coordinator.

Along the lines of Arians, McVay is getting his first chance to be a head coach at age 60 after operating the Bears' defense the last four years. The Browns spent their last eight games with a 60-year-old interim head coach who was a defensive coordinator.

Kitchens is the ninth full-time head coach in the Browns expansion era. He was the second interim offensive coordinator. Rob Chudzsinki held that job in 2004 after Butch Davis resigned. "Chud" actually returned nine years later as head coach.

Chris Palmer (5-27 from 1999-2000 was an ex-college QB who got the Cleveland job after working as an offensive coordinator in Jacksonville.

Butch Davis (24-36 from 2001-04) had been a Super Bowl defensive coordinator in Dallas and a college head coach at Miami (Fla.).

Romeo Crennel (24-40 from 2005-08) was a three-time Super Bowl coordinator with Bill Belichick's Patriots. Eric Mangini (10-22 from 2009-10) also came from the Belichick tree before spending three years as head coach of the Jets. Mike Pettine (10-22 from 2014-15) made two stops as an NFL defensive coordinator before the Browns hired him.

Pat Shurmur (9-23 from 2001-12), Chudzinski (4-12 in 2013) and Hue Jackson (3-36-1 from 2016-18) all used offensive coordinator jobs as springboards to Cleveland.

No formula has worked. In part, the Browns are relying on the force of Freddie Kitchens' personality. Everyone who has been around the team a long time agrees that in the area of communicating, there has been no one quite like Kitchens.

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