Everyone has their favorite character from the popular TV show ‘The Office.’ For most, it’s probably Jim Halpert or Dwight Schrute, maybe you’re just a big fan of Pam Beasley. But one thing that seems certain is that very few people would call Todd Packer their favorite, so that’s not ideal for the Cleveland Browns.
Fortunately, the fact Packer wasn’t a fan-favorite on the popular TV show doesn’t impact the Browns from a football standpoint. But it’s hard to deny the comparison Laces Out of Barstool Sports revealed out shortly the news came that Cleveland is set to make Freddie Kitchens their next head coach.
Todd Packer is the new coach of the Cleveland Browns pic.twitter.com/lRYw8pznm8
— Laces Out (@LacesOutShow) January 9, 2019
For what it’s worth, I can’t really ignore the comparison. Although Kitchens’ new look with the added facial hair makes it a bit tougher to link. If we’re talking strictly the days from when Kitchens was with the Arizona Cardinals, though, it’s where the comparisons stand out.
Freddie Kitchens’ Impressive Rise
Kitchens, who’s currently 44 years old, has bounced around with a few different teams but made the jump to the NFL back in 2006 as the tight ends coach for the Dallas Cowboys. He spent one season there before taking the same job with the Arizona Cardinals from 2007-12 and proceeded to coach the quarterbacks there from 2013-16 and finally running backs in 2017.
The longtime positional coach was hired by the Browns prior to the 2018 season as the running backs and associate head coach. After the first eight weeks of the season, the team opted to fire head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley, naming Kitchens the interim offensive coordinator.