CLEVELAND — Having been on the job for more than a week now, Kevin Stefanski's staff is rounding into form.
Still, there are some notable absences, particularly in the form of the team's offensive and defensive coordinators.
The Browns' lack of a defensive coordinator can best be explained by the fact that the San Francisco 49ers are playing in next week's Super Bowl. According to multiple reports, San Francisco defensive backs coach & passing game coordinator will join Stefanski's staff as Cleveland's defensive coordinator after the Super Bowl -- a notion Stefanski didn't dispute on Wednesday.
The lack of an offensive coordinator hire, however, is a little more complicated. That's because according to the 37-year-old head coach, the Browns haven't even decided yet if it's a position they'll be filling.
"We're definitely working through all that," Stefanski answered when asked if the team will interview candidates for quarterback coach and offensive coordinator positions. "There's a ton of good candidates. I know there's a rush to it and we've got to get someone before September, but we've got to make sure we've got the right people."
Asked specifically if he was committed to hiring an offensive coordinator, Stefanski said: "I'm committed to adding the right people to our building. That remains to be seen. We're definitely looking at all avenues as we try to put a really good staff together."
The decision to potentially hire an offensive coordinator would be an unconventional one, especially for a first-year head coach. And it's also worth noting that the 37-year-old Stefanski possesses just a little more than one season as an offensive coordinator under his belt, after initially filling the job for the Minnesota Vikings with three games remaining in the 2018 campaign.
That's not to say that such an approach couldn't work, especially with a coach as experienced as new offensive line coach Bill Callahan on staff. It's also not necessarily the route the Browns will even wind up taking, as Stefanski reiterated that no final determinations have been made regarding the workflow of his offensive staff.
"The most important thing is bringing the right people in," Stefanski said. "Part of hiring a coaching staff is making sure we identify who those people are and that's who we want to add to our staff."