CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Exactly one year ago, Freddie Kitchens was named the 17th full-time head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Tuesday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Kevin Stefanski was introduced as the team’s new head coach.
“I have a great, great respect for the alumni of this storied franchise,” Stefanski told reporters. “I pinch myself to think that I’m going to talk to Jim Brown later today. It’s my dad’s favorite player growing up, so I’ve heard all about Jim Brown from a young kid, and that’s special to me.”
Stefanski is 37 years old and has coached in the NFL for 14 years, all of which has been with the Vikings. He served as the offensive coordinator in Minnesota for one season and helped lead the Vikings to 10 wins a playoff berth.
Stefanski is considered one of the rising stars in the NFL and has been really good with quarterbacks. The Browns are hoping that continues with Baker Mayfield in Cleveland, who saw significant decline in his second season.
Stefanski said he likes what he has seen in Mayfield and thinks he can take a big jump in 2020.
“I’ve worked with a lot of quarterbacks — a lot of great ones over the years — and I’m looking forward to hunkering down with him and getting to work,” he said.
Stefanski said they’ll be putting Mayfield to work this year.
Even though the Browns are on their third full-time head coach in three years, Stefanski said his view is on the future.
“We’re not looking backward; we’re moving forward. And I hope all of our players know that, too,” he said.