Browns move Kevin Stefanski’s interview up to Thursday

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The Browns got the ball rolling on head coaching interviews the last couple of days with a pair of candidates who have head coaching experience.

They’ll continue on Thursday with someone on the other end of the spectrum. Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski was initially slated to meet with the team next Monday, but Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the meeting has been moved up to Thursday.

Stefanski was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator after John DeFilippo was fired with three games left in the regular season. He’s been with the Vikings since 2006 and has also served as a tight ends and running backs coach in Minnesota.

It’s not a sure thing that he’ll continue with the Vikings if he fails to get the Browns job. Stefanski is out of contract and could move on to another team as an offensive coordinator before the coaching carousel stops spinning this offseason.

Cleveland interviewed interim head coach Gregg Williams and former Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell over the last two days. Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, Saints tight ends coach/assistant head coach Dan Campbell and Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores are also expected to interview with the Browns.

22 responses to “Browns move Kevin Stefanski’s interview up to Thursday

  1. Stop interviewing people right now and make Gregg Williams the permanent head coach. No, he’s not some young hot-shot offensive guru, but had the Browns playing smart football, were routinely well-organized on the sideline, and Williams actually looks like he knows what he’s doing. He’s very confident in his own abilities, is a very bright guy with many, many years of experience in the NFL, and had the players playing for him in the second half of the season. He demands responsibility from his players. Keep Kitchens at OC, too. Please, Mr. Dorsey and Jimmy and Dee, don’t overthink this one. You already have the solution in your building, and his name is spelled with two G’s.

  2. In Dorsey I trust . . . He’s earned utmost faith in selecting this next coach. Didn’t he bring Reid to KC? I like what Williams did BUT he made some costly mistakes. That last series against the ravens seemed like they were panicking. Should’ve called time out and regrouped on the 4th down play.

  3. Gotta give Dorsey the right , privilege and power to hire his own guy. Everything this man touched in his first 12 months in cleveland has turned to Gold. He is the man that turned this franchise in the right direction from 20 years of the Abyss. He inherited the coaches here, and half of them that had to be eliminated. Williams did a great job, without question, but you have to let Dorsey go thru his process and hand select his guy.

  4. As much as I dislike it, the trend in this league heavily favors the offense. If you want organizational stability, you better hire an offensive minded head coach. If not, other teams will be poaching your successful OC’s for their HC positions. As a Vikings fan, I love having Zimmer but if this team is successful their OC’s will continue to be plucked by other teams. e

  5. Fan since 1960: Have not seen such expertise and authority in the front office since The Gambler fired Paul Brown.

  6. Williams did a decent job but not a good HC for Browns, there are several better. Williams panicked and showed poor judgment on several occasions. He called time out in a game costing the Browns a first down, he failed to throw challenge flag to get the Browns a first down, and he bungled the last series in the Ravens game. A poor sideline guy for sure.

  7. As a Browns fan myself, I like what Williams/Kitchens has done with the team since Hues departure. But, what if there’s a hc that is better than the two of these guys and can make this team into an elite team for some time to come. If there’s a way to keep both Kitchens/William’s and bring in an up and bring in a great HC, then I’m all for it.

  8. Gregg Williams is a very good d coach and a bumbling idiot as a head coach. He took the bills to 8-8 in 2002. They almost fired him because of the way he treated others, both players and around the organization. But they let him play out his final year before kicking the curb.
    That being said, if he and kitchens are the combo package? Why would you not hire them. Mayfield played well but the truth is that nobody knows how he will turn out in the long run although it looks very promising . But why would you not keep the guy who’s actually done well with him.

  9. Why are they interviewing this guy at all? The Vikings offense underachieved all year long. Yes, they got a bit more balanced when Stefanski took the reins but they still weren’t very good and finished 3-4 after the bye. When you have a lot of talent and still go 3-4, I don’t think a promotion should even be considered, let alone given.

  10. uncommon1 says:

    As a Vikings fan, I love having Zimmer

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    Why? I take it that this season was acceptable to you. 2 of the last 3 years, no playoffs. Isn’t Zimmers fault? A couple good O-lineman and we are a Super Bowl team? You are delusional. Enjoy your yearly offseason Super Bowl team delusions.

  11. browniesfansince1969 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 8:11 am
    Stop interviewing people right now and make Gregg Williams the permanent head coach. No, he’s not some young hot-shot offensive guru, but had the Browns playing smart football, were routinely well-organized on the sideline, and Williams actually looks like he knows what he’s doing. He’s very confident in his own abilities, is a very bright guy with many, many years of experience in the NFL, and had the players playing for him in the second half of the season. He demands responsibility from his players. Keep Kitchens at OC, too. Please, Mr. Dorsey and Jimmy and Dee, don’t overthink this one. You already have the solution in your building, and his name is spelled with two G’s.

    Actually it’s spelled with THREE G’s

  12. After watching the Vikings pull one of their end-of-season choke jobs in losing to the Bears, specifically the Bears second string defense, why would the Browns be interested in Stefanski?

  13. vikings111 says:
    January 3, 2019 at 10:45 am
    Why? I take it that this season was acceptable to you. 2 of the last 3 years, no playoffs. Isn’t Zimmers fault? A couple good O-lineman and we are a Super Bowl team? You are delusional. Enjoy your yearly offseason Super Bowl team delusions.
    ))))))))))))))
    Fraud Vikings fan. Zimmer has done a nice job with the Vikings. They were a train wreck when he took over. He has 2 division titles in 5 years. The Vikings do not need a major overhaul that you are suggesting. That would be your team which also has Kevin’s curse.

  14. TheDPR says:
    January 3, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Why are they interviewing this guy at all? The Vikings offense underachieved all year long. Yes, they got a bit more balanced when Stefanski took the reins but they still weren’t very good and finished 3-4 after the bye. When you have a lot of talent and still go 3-4, I don’t think a promotion should even be considered, let alone given.
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    Just for the sake of accuracy, Stefanski didn’t take over until there were three games left in the season. First game was dominant, second game got off to too slow a start but dominated the last 34 minutes, and third game got off to a slow start and stayed that way. I would love the Vikings to give him an offseason to install his own offense and see how he does as OC next year. I’m not sure why people would be interested in him as a head coach right now, but he could be a pretty hot commodity in a few years.

  15. Not sure Stefanski is head coaching material yet. In response to whatjusthappened’s concern about the Viking’s offensive coaching against the Bears at year’s end, don’t you have more important things to worry about, like if a single Packer coach will be able to find work after losing to the Lions 31-0 in the last game of the year?

  16. Zimmer has done a nice job with the Vikings, to a point. But he’s had the talent to have teams in the playoffs since 2015. No way the Vikings should have been 8-8 in 2016 with Bradford playing the way he was along with a strong defense. The Vikings shouldn’t have needed the Meaningless Miracle to beat the Saints last year, and then Zimmer didn’t have his team ready the following week and was blown out 38-7. This year, they go from 13-3 to 8-7-1 and out of the playoffs after getting the QB that they wanted. After the talent is provided, the buck stops with the head coach. And if he didn’t hire the right OC, then that’s on him. Vikings’ fans give this guy too much of a pass.

    Good coaches take talent and get players to play to their abilities. Great coaches take talent and make it more than the sum of its parts. Zimmer has taken talented players and underachieved with them.

  17. Why would Stefanski be a “hot commodity” at some point? What does he do that is so special?

    So far, no one has been able to provide answers addressing these questions.

  18. frank booth says:
    January 3, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Why would Stefanski be a “hot commodity” at some point? What does he do that is so special?

    So far, no one has been able to provide answers addressing these questions.
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    People think highly of a lot of assistant coaches in the NFL but that doesn’t mean that you’ve ever heard of them. Guys become hot commodities when PFT tells you that teams are interested in interviewing them. As for Stefanski, he’s been with the Vikings since 2006 under three different coaching regimes. He’s coached every position on the offense except offensive line. Shurmur wanted him to be his OC last year but Zimmer held him to his contract. He must be doing something right if these different head coaches want to keep him around.

  19. frank booth says:
    January 3, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Zimmer has done a nice job with the Vikings, to a point. But he’s had the talent to have teams in the playoffs since 2015. No way the Vikings should have been 8-8 in 2016 with Bradford playing the way he was along with a strong defense.
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    The offensive line was decimated by injuries in 2016 and it wasn’t that good when they were healthy. Being a fan of the Bears, you don’t know much about good quarterbacking, but Bradford was nothing special that year. He had to get rid of the ball within one second of receiving it or he would be killed, and there was no running game. Very similar year to what we saw this season. They devoted a lot of resources to offensive line in 2017 and did well. If they do the same this offseason, they should do well next year. It’s as simple as that.

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