It sounds like the Cleveland Browns have finally settled on who their next head coach will be.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media on Sunday mobbing, the Browns are planning to hire Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as their new head coach. Stefanski was a reportedly a finalists a year ago to become the Browns’ head coach but ultimately lost out to Freddie Kitchens, who was already on Cleveland’s coaching staff at the time. The Browns, however, fired Kitchens after the 2019 season ended.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 12, 2020
The 37-year-old Stefanski has been with the Vikings since 2006 and has held several different positions, including tight ends coach, running backs coach, quarterbacks coach and the interim offensive coordinator position in 2018 after first-year coordinator John DeFilippo was fired in December.
If ultimately made official, Stefanski will become the 18th non-interim head coach for the Browns franchise. During the recently concluded decade, the Browns had six different head coaches and one interim head coach.
In addition to the expected hiring of Stefanski, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Sunday morning that the Browns have requested permission to interview Philadelphia Eagles vice president of operations Andrew Berry for their vacant general manager job. He is reportedly now the favorite to be matched with Stefanski. The Browns parted ways with their last general manager, Jon Dorsey, after the 2019 season ended.
The Steelers will play four teams in 2020 with new head coaches; the Browns (Stefanski), the Dallas Cowboys (Mike McCarthy), the Washington Redskins (Ron Rivera) and the New York Giants (Joe Judge).