The Cleveland Browns conducted plenty of interviews for their head coaching gig and finally decided on one over divisional weekend. On Monday, new head coach Kevin Stefanski officially signed his five-year contract with Cleveland, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Browns gave new HC Kevin Stefanski a five-year contract, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 13, 2020
While the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers faced one another on Saturday, it was reported that the Browns were deciding between Stefanski or Robert Saleh for their head coach position. Despite being on the losing end of the game, Cleveland chose to hire Stefanski over the Niners defensive coordinator.
Over the past couple of seasons, Stefanski has drawn interest as a head coach in the NFL. As a matter of fact, he was considered by the Browns last year before they chose to name Freddie Kitchens as their guy.
Nevertheless, the Browns fired Kitchens just one season into his tenure. Therefore, Stefanski is the next contestant that will get a chance to turn around the Browns. Since 2006, Stefanski has been an offensive coach for the Vikings.
When he first began coaching, he was added to the coaching staff by Brad Childress. Then, both Leslie Frazier and Mike Zimmer chose to retain him when they accepted the head coaching job in Minnesota.
This season, Stefanski was promoted as the team's offensive coordinator. This came after he served as the interim coordinator to end the 2018 season. Along with Stefanski, the Vikings brought in Gary Kubiak to be an offensive advisor in 2019.
Under Stefanski, the Vikings had the eighth-best scoring offense and running back Dalvin Cook had the best season of his career. The Browns' decision to tie the knot with Stefanski instead of another candidate was strictly made to help quarterback Baker Mayfield and rusher Nick Chubb.