Freddie Kitchens sat in his office Friday afternoon, going over some things with training camp about to start. That the quarterbacks coach was back so soon after emergency surgery to repair an aortic dissection in early June is incredible in itself, especially since Kitchens nearly died. But coach Bruce Arians talked Monday about Kitchens being cleared to return to work — which, believe it or not, had been the plan for Kitchens pretty early on — even if it might be limited for a little while. For instance, there will be on-field QB work at the team facility the next couple of days in which Arians will not let Kitchens take part in. Recovery is ongoing and he is still building back his stamina, but Kitchens said he was looking forward to getting back into the meeting room and working with his quarterbacks and the staff.
“What am I going to do, sit in my recliner?” Kitchens said.
Kitchens, who was Alabama’s quarterback the one year Arians was offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide, is getting his first chance to be an NFL quarterbacks coach after coaching tight ends with the Cowboys and Cardinals during his NFL career. Amazingly, his opportunity was only put on hold for about seven weeks.
“I’m ready to go,” Kitchens said.
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