Kevin Stefanski, head coach of the Cleveland Browns, could be starting the season on the hot seat.
The New Head Coach In Town
The Cleveland Browns are no strangers to having new coaches in and out of their building. Brown’s current head coach Kevin Stefanski is heading into year three and this could very well be his last.
Stefanski was hired in January of 2020 and at that time the Browns were coming off a disaster 2019 season. The Browns fired head coach Freddie Kitchens after his horrible one-year stint, and they turned to Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.
Stefanski took over a very talented roster that failed big time in 2019. The biggest thing Stefanski needed to fix was franchise quarterback Baker Mayfield who had a terrible second season in the NFL.
Browns 2020 season
Stefanski also started his first season as an NFL head coach during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was hard on everybody, and I couldn’t imagine how hard it was on a first-year head coach who couldn’t even meet with his staff and players in person and didn’t even have a single preseason game.
The Browns had a fantastic 2020 season. Mayfield looked like he was going to be the franchise quarterback for a decade and the team looked like they were able to compete for a super bowl.
The Browns went 11-5 in 2020 and won the wild card playoff game over their division rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers. Even though Stefanski didn’t coach in the wild-card game due to COVID, he still had a huge impact on that win.
Stefanski also brought home the 2020 NFL Coach of the Year Award.
Browns 2021 Season
After a promising 2020 season, the Cleveland Browns were ready to take on the 2021 season and they had their eyes on Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, California.
The Browns opened the 2021 season against the defending AFC champions and the team who knocked them out of the playoffs in the Kansas City Chiefs. The Browns pretty much controlled the entire game until the last five mins. The Browns ended up losing a close one in a game they should have won, and the season got worse after that.
Mayfield ended up hurting his shoulder in week two against the Houston Texans and really damaging it in week six against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Browns ended up releasing wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr in the middle of the season and he went on to win a super bowl with the Los Angeles Rams.
The Browns could never figure out how to win in the 2021 season and a lot of that had to do with bad quarterback play and bad coaching.
There were times in the season that Stefanski just seemed lost and didn’t have any idea what was going on. Stefanski is also Brown’s offensive play-caller and sometimes he’s just into his play sheet and not aware of what is going on around him.
The Browns went 8-9 in the 2021 season and a boat load of changes was on its way.
Change Is Coming?
The NFL is known as a head coach and quarterback league and the Browns were about to make a huge move for one of them.
The Browns ended up trading for Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson, sending Mayfield packing.
Even though there is a possible suspension looming for Deshaun Watson the Browns decided it was time for an upgrade.
The Browns filled their quarterback need and now it’s up to Stefanski to be able to put this team into a position to win. I don’t think it matters how many games the Browns have Watson for. Stefanski should be on the hot seat from week 1. This team is too talented to not be able to compete for a wild card spot and if the Browns drop the ball again Stefanski needs to start looking for a new job.
The Browns already said the quarterback was the issue last year and they went out and got their guy, and now the head coach better find ways to win, or it’s going to be a bad season in Cleveland.