Browns Reportedly Eyeing Veteran Coach For Defensive Coordinator

Ross Houston
January 14, 2020

Stefanski is in the early stages of assembling his staff and he could bring some colleagues over from Minnesota to be his coordinators.

© APWF FILE - In this December 16, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Vikings interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Minneapolis.

Stefanski led the Vikings offense that averaged 353 yards per game, which was 16th in the league, along with 25.4 points per game, 8th in the league. He has worked under three head coaches with the Vikings since 2006.

Cleveland entered the 2019 regular season with large expectations but those were met quickly with a harsh reality. First year head coach Freddie Kitchens, who was hired after half a season of coordinator experience, was in over his head leading a team with some big, young personalities.

"I really feel like I grew as a coach there, and they allowed me to grow, which was outstanding", Stefanski said in a statement.

Stefanski becomes the 10th full-time head coach the Browns have had since 1999, joining Kitchens, Hue Jackson, Mike Pettine, Rob Chudzinski, Pat Shurmur, Eric Mangini, Romeo Crennel, Butch Davis and Chris Palmer. I also think we want somebody who is a continuous learner and somebody who is trying to get better all the time.

Whomever Stefanski helps select to be the team's general manager will have final say on the Browns' 53-man roster, according to Jimmy Haslam, which could mean some of the faces fans got to know during the course of the season might not be here in 2020. I would say those are the four or five characteristics.

The AFC North franchise is amidst a playoff drought that dates back to 2002.

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