Alex Van Pelt will call plays in preseason as Browns make plans for the long term

AP

When Alex Van Pelt met the media as the Browns offensive coordinator for the first time, he said that it was still up in the air whether he or head coach Kevin Stefanski will call plays this season.

Nothing has changed on that front, but Stefanski did shed some light on how the team will go about coming to a final decision.

“It’s just something that I don’t think we need to make a decision on right this moment here in February,” Stefanski said, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “But I think in fairness to AVP, I think I need to give him some opportunities to call it in practice, call it in the preseason so that I can get comfortable with him calling it, or I can get comfortable with me calling it, but that’s definitely a fluid situation and Alex understands that.”

Stefanski said he finds calling plays exciting, but doesn’t find it fun. He said winning is fun and that he’ll have no issue doing “whatever gives the Browns the best chance to have winning” during his first season on the job.

8 responses to “Alex Van Pelt will call plays in preseason as Browns make plans for the long term

  1. That’s great that Stefanski is letting Van Pelt try the playing calling. Of course a first year HC needs to delegate as much as possible so he can learn how to be a HC.
    When Pat Shurmur was named coach of the Browns he was asked if he’d give up play calling and he said no because it was fun. I bet the Browns’ reporters remembered that and asked Stefanski the “fun angle” question.

  2. Stefanski has hired himself a pretty decent staff. Too bad he’s got to work for Depodesta who thinks personnel decision-making can be made from his home in California.

  3. C. M. says:
    February 25, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Whoever is calling plays in the preseason should call them in the season too.
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    This is a very popular stand until preseason is over and what the results are. Saying that, I can pretty much say Van Pelt has to know what Stefanski wants from an OC and hopefully that will translate into the head coach managing the overall game and not taking on the role of the OC…

  4. What Stefanski doesn’t have is a Kubiak upstairs to help whoever is calling the plays…good luck

  5. If calling plays in the preseason meant anything, then Freddie Kitchens would be in the hall of fame.

  6. pmars64 says:
    February 25, 2020 at 7:38 pm
    Stefanski has hired himself a pretty decent staff. Too bad he’s got to work for Depodesta who thinks personnel decision-making can be made from his home in California.

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    Paul Depodesta aka the boogey man of the national media has never interfered in the football operations. The local Cleveland media and anyone associated with the team has confirmed basically he’s just a sounding bored for ownership and nothing more which is why he still lives in California. The National media has created a version of Depodesta that doesn’t exist for clicks. He has 0 power over anyone on the team as “Chief strategy officer”.

    There was an entire ESPN expose last year that documented how little pull the guy actually has to the point that if he suggests something, they usually do the opposite. Yet all of a sudden this off season the guy who was ignored in two straight coaching searches and literally phones it in in his job is all of a sudden the new Jerry Jones.

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