Kevin Stefanski hired as Browns coach to save woebegone franchise

The Cleveland Browns hope Kevin Stefanski can be their savior.

Stefanski is set to become the Browns’ new head coach, according to multiple reports, filling the final NFL head-coaching vacancy. Stefanski, 37, was the Minnesota Vikings’ offensive coordinator this season. The Vikings were knocked out of the NFL Playoffs Saturday by the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round.

Stefanski joined the Vikings in 2006 and has steadily moved up the ranks, coaching tight ends, running backs and quarterbacks before becoming the interim offensive coordinator toward the end of the 2018 season.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels interviewed for the Browns job on Friday, but he lost out on all five open jobs and will remain with New England as Bill Belichick’s offensive coordinator.

According to ESPN, Stefanski once beat out new Giants head coach Joe Judge for the high-school quarterback job at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia.

Stefanski was a finalist for the Browns job last season, but then-GM John Dorsey stayed internal and promoted Freddie Kitchens, who was fired after just one season as the Browns’ head coach after Cleveland fell way short of expectations by going 6-10. Kitchens could get a look from Judge for a position on the Giants staff.

Dorsey was also fired, and according to ESPN, the Browns have requested to interview Eagles vice president of football operations Andrew Berry for their GM position.

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