Browns announce Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski as next head coach
The Cleveland Browns have finally made their decision.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 12, 2020
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 instead hired Freddie Kitchens. 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.
With the Browns, Stefanski should have a lot to work with on offense. Nick Chubb emerged as one of the best running backs in the league in 2019, and Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry have played at high levels over their careers.
While Kitchens had the same pieces to work with, things didn’t come together for him in 2019. On top of the team’s poor record, Browns players were at odds with Kitchens throughout the year. Both Beckham and Landry got into it with Kitchens during games.
Browns requested permission Saturday to interview Eagles’ VP Andrew Berry for their GM job. He is a favorite to be matched with new HC Kevin Stefanski.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2020
With Stefanski on board, the team will now turn its attention to hiring a new general manager.