Browns fans love themselves some Kevin Stefanski.
His hard-work attitude combined with his coolness and composure makes for an endearing coaching personality.
Of course, winning football games will win some fans over too.
Browns reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala notes an outstanding statistic regarding Stefanski’s ability to do just that.
The #Browns have never lost consecutive games under Kevin Stefanski.
Read that again: Cleveland has not ever lost two games in a row while Kevin Stefanski has been their head coach.
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) September 20, 2021
Avoiding any kind of losing streak in your first season as an NFL head coach is incredible.
So many times, we say guys step into situations and bite way more off than they can chew.
Urban Meyer may be going through a bit of that down in Jacksonville right now.
However, Stefanski seems to have things firmly under control in Cleveland.
An Un-bare Cupboard
It’s no secret that Stefanski’s had talent to work with since arriving in Berea.
It’s part of what sets his situation apart from so many others.
Let’s go back to Urban Meyer for a second.
That Jaguars roster is a mess to be generous.
Without clear superstars and a rookie quarterback at the helm, it’ll be a long season for the Jaguars.
Again, however, a bad roster reflects where their expectations are at.
It’s been a much different story in Cleveland since Stefanski took over.
Following an abysmal 2019 season, a coaching change became a necessity.
“Wasting” the talent, as many accused Freddie Kitchens of doing, could no longer be tolerated.
So far, Stefanski has excelled with a talented roster.
Guys are typically utilized the right way, especially offensively.
The main exception to that remains Odell Beckham Jr., who has never truly excelled in a Browns uniform.
If Stefanski can extract a great season out of OBJ when the receiver returns, his love from the fans will only grow.
It’s hard to stay on top of the mountain in the NFL.
Stefanski isn’t quite there yet, but he seems well on his way.
A young, emerging mind that can win over players and win football games will put you on that projection.
It doesn’t take much to fall from grace though.
Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams seemed to be featured on every SportsCenter segment just a few years ago.
Analysts raved and ranted about how smart he is and how insane his memory is.
He’s still a great coach, but that phase of love and luster around him is gone.
And the Rams are still a really good team, off to a 2-0 start!
As Stefanski’s career continues in Cleveland, it will be interesting to see how criticism of him evolves.
For now, there’s not much of it.
Local sports radio hosts and callers have things they nitpick at, but ultimately, it’s mostly praise.
What will happen when the Browns do finally lose two games in a row?
What if that losing streak extends over multiple weeks?
What if the Browns fall flat in a playoff game they should win?
Those questions don’t need to be answered yet.
If they do, fans will cross that bridge.
For now, the second-year head coach continues to impress and win games.
“Good teams after a win: Identify, Correct, and then we move on.” – Kevin Stefanski pic.twitter.com/V2H1oPUGrn
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 20, 2021