Reports: Freddie Kitchens, Bret Bielema Expected To Join Giants' Coaching Staff

Former Browns Head Coach Was Fired After One Season

Alec Gearty
January 21, 2020 - 8:11 pm

When Giants head coach Joe Judge looked to fill his coaching staff, he decided to turn to a few familiar faces. 

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Freddie Kitchens and Bret Bielema are reportedly set to join Judge's staff in New York, according to multiple reports. The roles for both coaches have yet to be identified, but according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Bielema's role with the Giants is still being finalized. 

Bielema, a former University of Arkansas head coach, spent the past two seasons alongside Judge in New England. His duties varied from consultant to head coach Bill Belichick to defensive line coach. 

Earlier this month, ESPN's Jordan Raanan reported Judge hoped to speak with Kitchens, who was fired after one season as Cleveland's head coach. Judge's connection with Kitchens spans over a decade as the newly appointed head coach was a graduate assistant at Mississippi State when Kitchens' was the team's running backs coach. 

Like Bielema, Kitchens' role in New York is "unclear" according to's Matt Zenitz. Jody Wright, who served under Kitchens in 2019, is also expected to join the Giants, according to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman. Wright wasn't retained following the Browns' hire of Kevin Stefanski. 

With the addition of Kitchens, Judge has a pair of former head coaches to rely on. Former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was named offensive coordinator on Jan. 20. 

"I've known about Jason for a long time, not only through the general public as well-known as he is as head coach of the Cowboys," Judge told "There were guys I worked with that I came across in my career at both Alabama and at the New England Patriots that worked with Jason through their time in Miami with him.

"They consistently all reflected on how smart he is, how great a teacher he is and how his perspective of the game was through a different lens than most coaches," Judge added. "And when he sees it, he's able to communicate it and paint that mental image to the players. And he does a fantastic job of making in-game adjustments."