While breaking down who Joe Judge could add to his Giants coaching staff this season, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano pointed out the possibility that recently-fired Browns HC Freddie Kitchens could be a good match on the offensive side.
Vacchiano heard Kitchens coming up in some circles from his sources, and ESPN's Jordan Raanan followed that up this morning saying the Giants do expect to speak with Kitchens about a spot on their staff next season.
Kitchens lasted just one year as the Browns head coach after Cleveland failed to reach the high expectations placed on them. They ended up with a 6-10 mark for the season, and their offense -- full of weapons like Bradley Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry -- sputtered as the 22nd-ranked group in the NFL.
It was Kitchens calling those offensive plays this year, but after a great season in 2018 as the Browns' offensive coordinator which saw "rave reviews," maybe giving him another shot as a coordinator could benefit Judge.
The two coaches know each other from their time at Mississippi State. Judge had played four seasons with the Bulldogs before becoming a grad assistant in 2005, while Kitchens was the tight ends coach in 2004 and running backs coach in 2005. So there's that connection.
There are other options for Judge to consider as his OC, including recently-fired Cowboys head Jason Garrett, Redskins interim head coach and offensive line guru Bill Callahan, and a colleague in Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea.