CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns’ search committee continued doing their due-diligence while looking for the next full-time coach, and the process continued Thursday when Minnesota Vikings interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski was brought in for an interview.
Stefanski is a long-time NFL assistant with the Vikings, where he most recently served as a replacement play-caller after previously mentoring the quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends in 13 seasons with the club. The Vikings’ longest-tenured assistant coach, Stefanski replaced former Browns assistant coach John DeFilippo as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator late in the 2018 regular season.
Stefanski has helped the Vikings to a 107-99-2 record during his 13 years in Minnesota. Since Stefanski arrived in 2006, the Vikings have made five trips to the postseason, including two appearances in the NFC Championship Game and brought home four NFC North Division championships.
With Stefanski on staff, the Vikings have won 10 or more games five times, including the second-best finish in franchise history. The 2017 Vikings posted a 13-3 record, which ranks second only to the 15-1 mark set by the 1998 team.
Stefanski is the third interview candidate confirmed by the Browns this week, along with current interim coach/defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and Jim Caldwell, the former coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions.
Williams interviewed for the full-time opening on Tuesday, and Caldwell followed on Wednesday.