While the Browns as an organization are trying to determine their next general manager, new head coach Kevin Stefanski is busy at work trying to put his coaching staff together, starting with the coordinators. Here is what we know about each of the coordinator jobs, as of Saturday.
During his introductory press conference this week, Stefanski said that he does not have to call offensive plays on gameday, and that will be determined and discussed based on the staff he puts together:
“I think we are going to work through that. I think as we put the staff together, if there is someone that is on staff that I feel gives us the best chance to win - that person will call the plays. It does not have to be me. But I think I want to work through that and see as we put the staff together.”
On Saturday, Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reported that Cleveland will interview former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello on Monday or Tuesday for the job. Scangarello was fired last week in favor of — get this — Pat Shurmur. Scangarello has three years of work experience with under Kyle Shanahan, so if you imagine the type of system he is familiar with, it could be along those lines.
Gary Kubiak’s name has been lightly discussed by reporters, as he helped Stefanski and the Vikings this past season. He has not been linked directly to the Cleveland opening yet.
Last Tuesday, Jim Trotter reported that the Browns’ defensive coordinator job was down to two men: Steve Wilks, who was the coordinator last year under Freddie Kitchens, and Joe Woods, who is the 49ers’ defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator.
New Browns coach Kevin Stefanski has narrowed his choices for defensive coordinator to Steve Wilks, the Browns’ DC last season, and Joe Woods, the 49ers’ defensive backs/passing game coordinator. Feeling is, decision will come sooner than later.— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) January 14, 2020
If the Browns don’t announce their defensive coordinator soon and the 49ers advance, it could be a sign that Woods is their guy. The other candidate’s name who has been making the rounds is Wade Phillips, who is 72 years old but has an impressive resume.
Special Teams Coordinator
While nothing official has been reported, Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reported that Stefanski is keeping Mike Priefer on board, which makes sense given how long the two were paired in Minnesota together. Priefer is also one of the league’s best special teams coordinator, and local to the area.
While some assistants have already left, last week, Stefanski was talking with all of the coaches to gauge their background and see which coaches he might be interested in keeping around. It is expected that a few assistants will be offered the opportunity to stay.
New #Browns HC Kevin Stefanski is making his rounds this week meeting with coaches still on the staff "to find out more about their background & to talk football," per source. I'm told some coaches are being told/expecting "a decision by Friday" on their futures, at this time.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) January 16, 2020