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Freddie Kitchens
Quarterbacks
College:
Alabama
Hometown:
Gadsden, AL
Experience:
5

Biography

Former Alabama quarterback Freddie Kitchens enters his eighth season on the Cardinals coaching staff and second in the role of quarterbacks coach after his appointment to the position on 2/5/13. He previously served as Arizona’s tight ends coach for six seasons after joining the team on 2/6/07.

Former Alabama quarterback Freddie Kitchens enters his eighth season on the Cardinals coaching staff and second in the role of quarterbacks coach after his appointment to the position on 2/5/13. He previously served as Arizona’s tight ends coach for six seasons after joining the team on 2/6/07.

A three-year starter at quarterback for the University of Alabama (1995-97), Kitchens finished his playing career with 4,668 yards and 30 touchdown passes for the Crimson Tide. His offensive coordinator as a senior in 1997 was current Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. Upon his departure, he ranked third in Alabama history in career attempts, fourth in career passing yards and fifth in career completions. Alabama went 22-13 during those three seasons and went to the 1993 Gator Bowl, 1995 Citrus Bowl and the 1997 Outback Bowl.

Following an offseason in 2013 where he fell ill during an OTA practice on June 4 that required immediate emergency surgery at the Arizona Heart Institute due to a defect to his aorta, Kitchens recovered in time for the first day of training camp and helped a Cardinals offense that finished 12th in the NFL. Quarterback Carson Palmer threw for a career-high 4,274 yards and became the first player in NFL history to throw for 4,000+ yards with three different teams. Palmer also had 24 TD passes and completed 362 passes while leading the Cardinals offense that had 5,542 net yards, the fifth-most in franchise history.

In 2012, Cardinals tight end Rob Housler had 45 receptions for 417 yards. In franchise history, only two TE’s (Jackie Smith and Freddie Jones) had more catches in a season than Housler did in 2012. In 2011, Kitchens oversaw a group of tight ends that contributed 65 receptions for 712 yards and four touchdowns. In 2007, Kitchens’ tight end trio of Leonard Pope, Ben Patrick and Troy Bienemann helped the Cardinals finish with the fifth best passing offense in the NFL as well as helping to record 32 passing touchdowns, a franchise record. As a group, the eight touchdowns caught by the tight ends were the most by the Cardinals since 1988 and the trio also recorded six red zone touchdowns, helping the Cardinals to the second-best red zone scoring offense in the NFL (94.0%).

Kitchens began his NFL coaching career in 2006 with the Dallas Cowboys after seven years of coaching in college. With Dallas in 2006, Kitchens helped tutor Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten to his third consecutive trip to Hawaii. Witten finished the season with 64 receptions for 754 yards (11.8 yard avg.) and one touchdown while starting in all 16 games.

In 10 years as a player and coach at the college level, Kitchens was a part of teams that captured three conference titles and played in seven bowl games. He went to the NFL after a two-year stint at Mississippi State University where he coached running backs (2005) and tight ends (2004). In 2005, he guided Jerious Norwood, a 2006 third-round choice of the Atlanta Falcons, to a 1,180-yard season, becoming just the second runner to post back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in school history. Norwood finished his Bulldogs career with a school-record 3,222 career rushing yards. In his first season on the Bulldogs staff in 2004, Kitchens helped implement the West Coast offense that gained tight end Eric Butler All-SEC freshman recognition while setting a Mississippi State single-season record with four TD receptions.

He served as the running backs coach at the University of North Texas (2001-03) and contributed to Mean Green clubs that won three straight Sun Belt Conference titles. In 2003, running back Patrick Cobbs rushed for 1,680 yards and scored 19 touchdowns, earning the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year award while also leading the nation with a 152.7 yards per game average. Cobbs went on to play five seasons (2006-2010) in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins collecting 580 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns. During his first two seasons, Kitchens developed Kevin Galbreath into the first back in school history to rush for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. The 2,372 yards gained on the ground in 2002 were the most at North Texas since 1959.

Kitchens joined the North Texas staff after one season as a graduate assistant at LSU (2000) where he served on Nick Saban's first Tigers staff, managing the offensive scout team and helping with special teams. That team went 9-4, including a 28-14 win over Georgia Tech in the Peach Bowl. After a one-year stint playing professionally in Italy in the spring of 1999, he began his coaching career as an assistant at Glenville State College that fall, coaching both running backs and tight ends.

A native of Gadsden, AL, Kitchens earned high school All-America honors and was named Mr. Football in the state of Alabama his senior season. He and his wife, Ginger, have two daughters, Bennett and Camden.

Photos

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    2013: S Tyrann Mathieu during the preseason against the Cowboys
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    1983: S Lee Nelson and LB Charlie Baker (52) tackle Cowboys RB Tony Dorsett
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    2013: WR Larry Fitzgerald with Cowboys WR Dez Bryant at a preseason matchup
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    2011: RB LaRod Stephens-Howling scores the game-winning touchdown in overtime
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    2011: QB Kevin Kolb tries to elude the grasp of Dallas CB Orlando Scandrick

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