Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski had a conference call with the media via Zoom on Wednesday. You can watch the 20-minute call here, and I’ve compiled a list of notes below:
- Having coached in Minnesota for 14 years, the message of social justice was a big theme to begin the call. He talked about encouraging the team to take action and be a part of the positive changes that can come from this movement, and he appreciates the platform he has to help promote and deliver that message:
#Browns HC Kevin Stefanski said his message to his team concerning social justice: "Get in the arena. We're about action....we want to be a part of positive change & I realize from my platform I'm able to affect change"— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) June 10, 2020
- After five minutes of social injustice talk, it was Tony Grossi’s turn to ask a question, and he stated that he wanted to get to the first football-related question. Grossi asked what Stefanski’s thoughts were to the joint practices being cancelled league-wide (specifically with the Packers, in the Browns’ case), and the lack of physical contact they’ll have with another team to prepare for the season. He is disappointed, but will just follow the rules like all other 31 teams are doing.
#Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said he’s disappointed he won’t be able to do joint practices against the #Packers this summer: “We just have to find a way”— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) June 10, 2020
- Stefanski and the coaching staff have done the “install phase” of X’s and O’s, and they are getting to the review phase starting next week. However, besides just teaching football, he’s trying to tackle the challenging aspect of team building despite all of the distance between the players.
#Browns Kevin Stefanski said the team is out of the 'install' phase and now they will enter the 'review' phase. "It's a challenge being miles apart. As important as the X's & O's are, team building is just as important,"— Fred Greetham (@FredGreetham) June 10, 2020