It was reported earlier last week that Giants new head coach Joe Judge was bringing on former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens, but his role was not yet determined. Until now.
Sources confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that Kitchens will be coming to New York to be the Giants' new tight ends coach. This is the same position Kitchens held at Mississippi State when Judge was playing out his senior year. When Judge came on as a graduate assistant during the 2005 season, Kitchens transitioned to running backs coach.
For Kitchens, it's a step backward. He worked his way on to the Browns staff two seasons ago as their offensive coordinator, and his group did enough for now-former GM John Dorsey to make him the team's head coach last season. But, with a very talented roster, Cleveland failed to make the playoffs after a 6-10 record fell upon Kitchens.
The 45-year-old has seven years of tight ends coach experience in the NFL, mostly with the Cardinals from 2007-2012. His first came in 2006 with the Cowboys.
Despite only spending one year as head coach, Kitchens is another very experienced coach added to Judge's staff. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett brings years of head coaching experience, making him the most qualified on staff when it comes to giving advice to first-timer Judge.
As of now, Judge's staff is only missing a defensive line coach. Here's how it looks:
Jason Garrett, offensive coordinator
Jerry Schuplinski, quarterbacks coach
Burton Burns, running backs coach
Tyke Tolbert, receivers coach
Freddie Kitchens, tight ends coach (reportedly)
Marc Colombo, offensive line coach
Ben Wilkerson, assistant offensive line coach
Derek Dooley, TBD/offense
Patrick Graham, defensive coordinator/assistant head coach
Jerome Henderson, defensive backs coach
Bret Bielema, outside linebackers/senior assistant
Kevin Sherrer, inside linebackers
Jody Wright, defensive assistant
???, Defensive line coach
Thomas McGaughey, special teams coordinator
Tom Quinn, assistant special teams coordinator
Anthony Blevins, TBD (believed to be special teams assistant)
STRENGH AND CONDITIONING
Aaron Wellman, strength and conditioning coordinator