The Cleveland Browns are set to officially name former Minnesota Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski as the franchises 18th head coach. Stefanski has been with the Vikings since 2006, and was considered a finalist for the Brown’s head coaching position at this time last year. The 37 year old Ivy League graduate relies heavily on analytics, but also has a proven track record of developing quarterbacks. He also had great success this past season balancing talented wide receivers and one of the leagues top running backs. Fans are clearly a bit surprised by this hire, but Kevin Stefanski could very well find immediate success in Cleveland. Here is a look at what to expect after hiring the first time head coach:
Changes to Offensive Strategy
All season long the Minnesota Vikings moved the ball with quick plays on their way to winning ten games. They ranked 8th in points scored, averaging over 25 per game. Stefanski will value key metrics to winning games like average starting field position and turnover margin, which will require more team discipline. While Monken’s air raid offensive relied on down field passing, Stefanski will take more of a “West Coach” approach that should work better for Baker. Quick hitting routes with higher completion percentage is exactly what this offensive was missing last year.
An Experienced Defensive Coordinator
It didn’t work so well last time having someone as a coordinator with head coaching experience, but don’t be surprised if the Browns go that route again. With Stefanski being an offensive mind, someone like Jim Schwartz or Wade Phillips would make sense to run the defense. That knowledge of running a team will be valuable to Kevin as he transitions to his new role. Stefanski will more than likely retain play calling duties, making the OC job less desirable for a former head coach. Announcements of the staff should come early this week and it will be interesting to see who is added.
Andrew Berry Leads GM Search
Now that Stefanski has been named head coach, the Eagles VP of Football Operations is now the front runner for GM. Berry previously held the same title in Cleveland and was part of the Hue Jackson regime. He is highly regarded as one of the top young front office minds in football, and would work well with Stefanski. If Andrew hired there would be plenty of knowledge leading this team as Berry is a Harvard Graduate. This news should also break in the coming days.
This hire may come as a surprise to fans, but there are many positives that come with Kevin Stefanski. He is incredibly loyal and will bring a fresh new outlook and offensive strategy. He will inherit talent and a locker room of players hungry to win now. From here it’s simple, all Kevin needs to do is win.
Welcome to Cleveland Coach Stefanski!