Reports: Browns to hire Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski
The Cleveland Browns have finally made their decision. The team ended its coaching search Sunday, reportedly hiring Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski to be the Browns’ next head coach, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Stefanski, 37, was a runner up for the Browns job last year. Stefanski reportedly had the support of Browns chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta at the time, but former general manager John Dorsey hired Freddie Kitchens instead. The Browns went 6-10 in 2019, and Kitchens was fired after just one season.
Stefanski comes to the Browns after a successful season as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator. The Vikings ranked 10th in overall offense in 2019, according to Football Outsiders. Kirk Cousins 26 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions in the regular season. Running back Dalvin Cook had a breakout season, rushing for 1,135 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns.
Despite all that success — and a stunning win over the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card game — the Vikings’ offense turned in an awful performance against the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday. The Vikings scored just 10 points in a 27-10 loss to the 49ers. The Browns did not overreact to that performance, and decided to go with Stefanski anyway.
It’s believed Stefanski beat out New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh for the job.
This post will be updated.