The Cleveland Browns have been enjoying some stability since Kevin Stefanski took over as head coach.
In his first year on the job, the Browns finished with an 11-5 record to enter the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Meanwhile, Baker Mayfield was able to lead the passing game to finish with 3,563 yards and 26 touchdowns.
They may have missed the postseason in 2021 but their 8-9 record is better than any of their finishes from 2008 to 2019.
Even if they regressed a bit, the team’s front office knows that Stefanski is still the best person for the role.
Therefore, his return ends an infamous streak for the Browns.
Last time each of these teams brought back their head coach + coordinators in Week 1 for three straight seasons:
– LA/STL: 1990
– CLE: 1993*
– MIA: 1995
– DEN: 2005
– TEN: 2007
– CHI: 2009
– JAX: 2011
– NYJ: 2011
*Browns are set to break their streak this season
— Anthony Reinhard (@reinhurdler) July 12, 2022
Orange and Brown Report’s Anthony Reinhard revealed that the last time Cleveland brought back its head coach and coordinators for three consecutive seasons was in 1993.
That year, Bill Belichick entered his third year as Browns head coach.
He did not have an offensive coordinator during that year but Nick Saban was his defensive coordinator.
He led the Browns to a 7-9 record that year but went on to coach the franchise for two more seasons before the team transferred to Baltimore.
Stefanski Always Finds A Way To Win
Even those eight wins from last season can be considered a miracle because of Mayfield’s performance and the injuries they dealt with.
However, he will have another try to lead the franchise with his trusted coordinators.
Alex Van Pelt will take charge of the offense while Joe Woods is on defense.
Both of them have talented players to work with which could help their winning cause.
Stefanski could face another challenge if Deshaun Watson gets suspended indefinitely.
But there’s reason to believe that he’s ready for the possibility and is preparing accordingly.