New Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski upset in no joint offseason practices
New Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski is not too happy that there will be no join practices this offseason. The Browns were scheduled to practice during training camp with the Green Bay Packers but with the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL has canceled them.
Stefanski said at that point in training camp it’s good to go against a different team and scheme to get some value. The longtime Minnesota Vikings assistant, hired by the Browns in January of this year, knows everyone is in the same boat, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less disappointing.
“Obviously, disappointed we are not going to be able to have joint practices with Green Bay leading up to our preseason game,” the Browns head coach said, via ProFootballTalk. “I think it is always valuable to work against a different team, a different-colored jersey at that point of camp. I think it is helpful to go against a different scheme. That defensive scheme is different than our defensive scheme that we will be facing in camp so there is some value. In terms of the protocols, whatever the rules are, we will play by the rules. We are like every other team. We are all in the same boat. I think the message has always been and will continue to be we just have to find a way.”
This has been a tough offseason for everyone, but for coaches like Stefanski who are in their first year with a new team, it’s even more challenging. Even without joint practices, the Browns are going to have plenty of work to get done during training camp.