The Cleveland Browns reportedly agreed to a deal with Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski on Sunday following the Vikings’ 27-10 loss at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. Stefanski appears to have beaten out the likes of Josh McDaniels, Robert Saleh, Brian Daboll and Jim Schwartz, becoming the franchise’s 12th head coach since they returned to the league in 1999 and their seventh head coach since 2010.
Stefanski was the Vikings' offensive coordinator for one full season and oversaw a drastic improvement in production. Under John DeFilippo in 2018, the Vikings finished 25th in the NFL in expected points added (EPA) generated per play (and 26th before DeFillipo was fired), while Stefanski’s offense was a top-five unit in 2019. In terms of more blunt measurements like yards per play, the Vikings jumped from 18th to 10th.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins was the 14th-highest graded passer in the NFL in his first season as a Viking but was the fourth-highest graded passer going into this week under Stefanski. Dalvin Cook and Stefon Diggs also had their best seasons as pros in 2019, despite the Vikings fielding a below-average offensive line and suffering through an injury to Adam Thielen that cost him most of the season.