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Kevin Stefanski on Browns' 2021 outlook: 'We have to get better'

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski laid out his vision for the team in 2021.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from Jan. 20, 2021.

As the Cleveland Browns embark on the 2021 NFL offseason, plenty of uncertainty remains.

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In addition to not being sure which free agents they will be able to sign and which of their own players they will be able to re-sign, the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has the Browns still working remotely for the foreseeable future.

But while head coach Kevin Stefanski may not know when -- or if -- Cleveland's offseason will look any more normal this year than it did last year, he's made his message to his team clear.

"As we sit here in March, my focus, our focus as a staff, as a team, is we have to get better, we have to improve," Stefanski said. "We have to, as coaches, really pull this thing apart and find ways to improve schematically. We have to evolve. I think that's been a big part of our process to date."

To that end, the reigning AP NFL Coach of the Year said that the Browns staff has been engaged in self-scouting since Cleveland's 2020 season came to an end with a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round in January. While the bulk of the Browns' schemes aren't expected to change, Stefanski made it clear he's willing to "steal" any play or concept that he thinks could help his team.

"I make no bones about it," Stefanski said. "I will steal from anybody if it's a good idea."

Plus, there's a natural evolution that each NFL team goes through every offseason as the result of inevitable roster turnover. Cleveland -- which lays claim to the 11th most cap space, according to OverTheCap.com -- will be no different as the Browns do their best to meet Stefanski's edict.

"We want to have our core," Stefanski said. "But man, we've gotta make sure that we're pivoting week in and week out."

You can watch Stefanski's full press conference in the video player below.


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