The Cleveland Browns are planning to hire Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski as their next head coach, according to Ian Rapoport.
In total, the Browns interviewed eight candidates for the job including Eagles DC Jim Schwartz, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, Ravens OC Greg Roman, 49ers DC Robert Saleh, Bills OC Brian Daboll, Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy and Mike McCarthy.
Reports from last year mentioned that the Browns’ analytics department favored hiring Stefanski over Freddie Kitchens, but they were overruled by ownership and then-GM John Dorsey.
Stefanski also interviewed for the Panthers’ head-coaching job.
Stefanski, 37, began his NFL coaching career as an operations intern with the Eagles back in 2005. He was later hired by the Vikings as an assistant to head coach a year later.
Stafanksi has held a number of positions including TEs coach, RBs coach and QBs coach before being promoted to the team’s interim offensive coordinator after they fired John DeFilippo during the season last year.
After interviewing for head-coaching jobs last January, Stafanksi returned to the Vikings and was hired as their full-time offensive coordinator.
In 2019, the Vikings’ offense ranked No. 16 in total yards, No. 8 in points scored, No. 6 in rushing yards and No. 23 in passing yards.