Browns coach Kevin Stefanski knows there’s a few things he can help Baker Mayfield with
Former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski will have a number of tasks on his to-do list as the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns. At the top of that list might be establishing a rapport with quarterback Baker Mayfield, who regressed in 2019.
Stefanski iterated he has already been watching tape on Mayfield as he answered questions during his introductory press conference on Thursday. He also refused to comment on any questions regarding Mayfield’s personality or off-field ventures.
Stefanski says he's been in early watching Baker tape: "There's already a few things that I KNOW we can help him with…"
On the off the field stuff, says it would be unfair for him to comment other than: "You tend to mature as you get older."
— Aaron Goldhammer (@HammerNation19) January 16, 2020
Stefanski had plenty of success working with Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Although the Vikings had a hard time moving the ball during their season-ending loss to the San Francisco 49ers last Saturday, Cousins showed a good deal of improvement in his second season in Minnesota.
The former Pro Bowler posted the highest Quarterback Rating (107.4) of his career while also tallying 8.1 yards gained per pass attempt in a run-first offense anchored by Dalvin Cook.
Minnesota’s offensive template might indeed carry over to Cleveland. The Browns employ the second-leading rusher in 2019 in running back Nick Chubb, and they also have a pair of star wideouts in Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.
The Browns were already a fairly balanced offense last season, but perhaps Stefanski can help Mayfield become deadlier in play-action, something Cousins excelled at in 2019.
In any case, the Browns still have a number of holes to fill if they hope to contend in 2020. They could use some upgrades on the offensive and defensive line, in particular.
Still, their success will likely be determined by how Mayfield meshes with Stefanski, and in turn how that carries over to his performance on the field.