Browns interview Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski Thursday

Stefanski lost out to Freddie Kitchens for Browns job in 2019

Daryl Ruiter
January 09, 2020 - 12:11 pm
Nov 17, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski looks on before the start of a game against the Denver Broncos at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Kevin Stefanski will be the seventh candidate to interview for the Cleveland Browns head coaching vacancy Thursday afternoon.

The meeting will take place in Minnesota in between Stefanski’s preparation for the Vikings’ trip to San Francisco this weekend for the NFC divisional playoffs.

The interview with the Vikings’ offensive coordinator comes exactly a year to the day the Browns hired Freddie Kitchens, who was fired after one season, over Stefanski.

It is the seventh interview conducted by Cleveland's search committee, which is comprised of owner Jimmy Haslam along with executive vice president JW Johnson, chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta and vice president of football administration Chris Cooper.

Stefanski is the longest tenured coach in Minnesota having worked under three different head coaches. This is his 14th season with the Vikings and is in his first full season as the team’s offensive coordinator after being promoted in Week 15 last season.

The Vikings ranked eighth in scoring averaging 25.4 points per game this season and they finished sixth in rushing with a 133.3 yards per game average while quarterback Kirk Cousins finished in the top five in passer rating while throwing 26 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Stefanski started off his NFL career as an operations intern with the Eagles before joining the Vikings as an assistant to head coach Brad Childress from 2006-2008 before being promoted to assistant quarterbacks coach. From 2014-15 Stefanski worked with the tight ends, running backs in 2016 and was the quarterbacks coach in 2017.

Mike McCarthy, who was hired this week by the Cowboys, and Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman interviewed Jan. 2, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh interviewed over the weekend. Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll interviewed Monday and Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz interviewed Wednesday.