Is Kevin Stefanski a folk hero in Cleveland? Whether he is already or not, the fact about him being the head coach who finally led the Cleveland Browns to the playoffs for the first time in 18 years will never change. Stefanski steered the Browns to the playoffs in the 2020 NFL season after the team went 11-5, which was an entirely majestic accomplishment on its own.

Having played a big hand in the successful turnaround in what used to be one of the most catastrophically run franchises in all of pro sports, Stefanski is rightfully being viewed today as the favorite to win the NFL Coach of the Year award again, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.

“That’s why Stefanski is the favorite to win Coach of the Year, with +1200 odds at PointsBet.

If he repeats as Coach of the Year, Stefanski would join rare company, as only three coaches have won Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons: Allie Sherman in 1961-62, Don Shula in 1967-68 and Joe Gibbs in 1982-83.”

Stefanski provides the Browns stability in the coaching staff, something that the team had mightily struggled to find for a long time. Of course, it helped him a lot that Cleveland's front office put together a roster that's stacked with talents, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

The next challenge for Stefanski is proving that his Browns are simply not one-trick ponies. The Browns also haven't had back-to-back winning seasons since the late 80s, so that should be another goal for Stefanski in the coming 2021 NFL season.