Stefanski tapped to coach Browns
The Cleveland Browns have hire Kevin Stefanski, former offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, as their next head coach. Stefanski replaces Freddie Kitchens, who only lasted one season with the team.
Stefanski was a candidate for the same job last year and reportedly the team’s 2nd choice. This year he won the job, beating out promising candidates Josh McDaniels and Robert Saleh, among others.
McDaniels apparently turned the job down because of disagreements with the front-office structure.
Stefanski has held several different offensive coaching positions in Minnesota. He was most recently promoted to offensive coordinator for this season. He assumed the role on an interim basis last season after the team parted ways with John DeFilippo.
One reason for the change was a want to run the ball more than Defilipo was willing to do. Under Stefanski, the 2019 Vikings finished the season 6th in rushing yards per game and 8th in points scored. RB Dalvin Cook had a breakout third season after injuries limited his first two years.
Minnesota shocked New Orleans in an impressive wild card round win. The offense did not look as good in San Francisco last weekend.
Although he has limited experience as a coordinator, Stefanski makes sense for Cleveland. They have several play-makers on an offense that just needs to be a little more consistent. As a young, rising offensive coach, he could be exactly what they need.
Reports say his deal is for 5 years. This was the final head coaching opening available this off-season.