Browns unsure who will serve as play-caller
Kevin Stefanski was the play-caller as the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings in 2019. And it remains to be seen if he’ll have the same responsibility with the Cleveland Browns. Entering his first season as the head coach of the Browns, Stefanski is unsure of who will serve as the play-caller in 2020.
While holding a video conference, Stefanski told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com that it’s undetermined on who will call plays next season:
“That really remains to be seen,” Stefanski said, adding he plans to use the preseason to evaluate the decision. “I’d like to get everybody back in the building, get out there practicing and get together before we make that decision. That decision will be made before (Week 1), I promise you that.”
Across the NFL, there are a handful of head coaches that also call plays. Last season, Andy Reid was able to win the Super Bowl while assuming both roles for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Following Cleveland’s decision to hire Stefanski, they proceeded to hire Alex Van Pelt as their offensive coordinator. Before joining the Browns, Van Pelt was the quarterbacks coach for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers.
Even though Van Pelt will have a say in the Browns’ offense, Stefanski could handle play-calling duties. Nevertheless, whoever is calling plays will need to find a way to feed a lot of mouths in Cleveland’s offense. At the same time, they’ll need to make sure they are on the same page as Baker Mayfield, as he attempts to bounce back in 2020.