Report: Kevin Stefanski having another interview with Browns

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A report on Tuesday indicated that there’s a “good chance” that the Browns promote offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to head coach, but no deal has been struck at this point and another one of their head coaching candidates is reportedly in Cleveland to speak to the team a second time.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski is meeting with the team again on Tuesday. Pelissero’s colleague Ian Rapoport reports that Stefanski and Kitchens are the two finalists for the job in Cleveland.

Like Kitchens, Stefanski has had limited time as a coordinator. He was promoted from quarterbacks coach when John DeFilippo was fired with three games to play in the season.

Stefanski’s contract in Minnesota is up on Tuesday and he’s one of the options that the Vikings are considering for the coordinator position in 2019. That would obviously turn out to be a moot point if things go his way in Cleveland and it sounds like we should find out soon which route the Browns will take.

32 responses to “Report: Kevin Stefanski having another interview with Browns

  1. I could see all the reasons why, I mean, didn’t Cousins look like an $84 million QB in their last game (win and you’re in the playoffs) ?

    I’m thinking the Browns wouldn’t hold that against Stefanski, after all, that’s just the Vikings acting like the Vikings. In year’s past, the Vikings would choke in the playoffs, they wanted Stefanski to get an early start on the interview process so they tanked a full week earlier.

  2. The job is Kitchens. They are bringing in Stef as OC/assistant HC as they like him as well and they want him to speak directly with Kitchens to see how they mesh.

  3. I wonder how nuts Browns fans would get if they hire Stefanski (doubtful) and then lose both Kitchens and Williams cause they were passed over?

  4. The mouth of the south Mayfield has a year of tape out there now. It seems 50/50 that the Browns fall right on their face or take the next step…….like actually finish .500 or better for the first time in the 21st century.

  5. If Dorsey hires someone other than Williams, the Browns will not continue their rebirth of winning. Surprised it hasn’t been announced yet; it is the only sane choice. As a Steeler fan, I will be elated if it is anyone else.

  6. The mouth of the south Mayfield has a year of tape out there now. It seems 50/50 that the Browns fall right on their face or take the next step…….like actually finish .500 or better for the first time in the 21st century.
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    They have finished above .500 at least twice in the 21st century.

  7. Does this mean Williams is done?
    It makes no sense to upset the apple cart. You take Kitchens away from a job he did really well for part of a season. Let him stay OC and grow with Baker. Williams did a good job as HC.
    Too many moving parts early in a QBs career can ruin. Be smart Browns. Don’t overcomplicate this.

  8. whatjusthapped says:
    January 8, 2019 at 2:49 pm
    I could see all the reasons why, I mean, didn’t Cousins look like an $84 million QB in their last game (win and you’re in the playoffs) ?

    I’m thinking the Browns wouldn’t hold that against Stefanski, after all, that’s just the Vikings acting like the Vikings. In year’s past, the Vikings would choke in the playoffs, they wanted Stefanski to get an early start on the interview process so they tanked a full week earlier.
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    31-0 at home to a 6-10 Lions team. Two shut outs in consecutive years at Lambeau has gotta burn something fierce……..

  9. As a Vikings Fan, I do not get the Stefanski allure. I watched every minute of the Vikings last three games, trust me, this guy did not stand out to me at all. Play calling was horrible and predictable. I don’t get it.

  10. The idea of bringing in Stefanski as OC is an interesting theory but one that makes no sense to me. Kitchens is going to want to call his own plays, as would Stefanski. I don’t think a forced marriage between the two is a good idea.

  11. “What I don’t get is why Arians never interviewed for the Brown’s job?”

    Old coach with questionable health v young coach, young team and long runway. They obviously need to hire the right guy either way, but none of will know how they did until at least this time next year. I get where they are going with this.

  12. 80% of the fans here in Cleveland want Williams. This season was a train wreck under Hue Jackson and Williams turned everything around mid season. Not an easy task with a perennial loosing team! The choice should be Greg Williams. Don’t screw it up Browns.

  13. I think what is going on is that the Browns like Kitchens as an OC but do not think he’s ready to be an HC. And maybe Williams, if hired, wants to bring in a different OC. If that’s the case, that may DQ Williams as a candidate. It also looks like Haslam/Dorsey may not want to bang heads with an older coach.

  14. jman967 says:

    January 8, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Does this mean Williams is done?
    It makes no sense to upset the apple cart. You take Kitchens away from a job he did really well for part of a season. Let him stay OC and grow with Baker. Williams did a good job as HC.
    Too many moving parts early in a QBs career can ruin. Be smart Browns. Don’t overcomplicate this.
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    Years ago this might have been a sound idea but that’s not the NFL anymore. Kitchens won’t grow with Baker unless he’s the head coach. If Kitchens comes back and has relative success with Mayfield, even possibly if he doesnt, Kitchens will be hired away after next season to be someone’s head coach and grow with that qb. Look at the Titans situation and LaFleur.

  15. Cant underatand why they dont just announce Williams, or, failing that, go to McCarthy. Everyone else makes no sense.

  16. I like Williams but there is something to the fact that he has had zero offers from other teams so far!
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    You obviously didn’t hear his press conference when he took over…he was swatting away offers like mosquitos

  17. I just can’t understand why the Browns would look for an offensive OC when Kitchens is already on staff. An offensive HC who will steal the Kitchens’ thunder is like a real curb stomp. The Browns need a HC who is both offense/defense minded, and let Williams stay put. Or just promote Williams to HC. But I am intrigued by Sirianni as HC; he has a brilliant mind yet he does not call plays.
    But don’t rock the boat with making changes. Or is the specter of sticking with Hue hovering over Berea.

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