In a little less than ten hours, Kevin Stefanski will no longer be under contract to the Minnesota Vikings. While speculation around his status with the Vikings continues to swirl, one thing that we know for sure is that he’s apparently made an impression on the Cleveland Browns.
Multiple sources on social media are reporting that Stefanski is on his way back to Cleveland for a second interview with the Browns, and that he is one of two finalists for the team’s head coaching job. The other finalist is Freddie Kitchens, who was promoted to the Browns’ offensive coordinator job during the season following the firing of Hue Jackson.
With Stefanski’s contract expiring today, he’s free to not only interview for head coaching vacancies, but for offensive coordinator vacancies as well. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that if Stefanski didn’t get the head coaching job with the Browns that he could go to them as their offensive coordinator under Kitchens.
At any rate, it certainly doesn’t appear that we’re going to have an answer to the Vikings’ offensive coordinator situation, and it appears I misinterpreted what Mike Zimmer said in his season-ending press conference. The team might still be holding out hope that Stefanski will stay on the Minnesota sidelines, but it appears that things with Stefanski and the Cleveland Browns are getting a little more serious.
Obviously, we’re monitoring the situation and will bring you any updates whenever they come available.