The Cleveland Browns will (hopefully) open up training camp next week, giving head coach Kevin Stefanski the opportunity to make one late addition to his coaching staff.
The team announced on Thursday that Stefanski has hired veteran coach Kevin Rogers as his senior offensive assistant.
Rogers has spent the majority of his coaching career on the collegiate level, starting as the running backs coach at The College of William & Mary in 1980 and, most recently, from 2013 to 2016 as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the school.
But in between and amid stops at Navy, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Temple, Rogers spent five season (2006 through 2010) as the quarterbacks coach of the Minnesota Vikings, where he worked with Stefanski as part of Minnesota’s offensive staff.
Stefanski is happy to have a familiar face as he prepares for his first season as a head coach, he told clevelandbrowns.com:
“It’s great to add someone with Kevin’s expertise to the staff. He has seen so many offenses on every level of football and the knowledge he brings will be invaluable at every position. I remember being a young coach in this league and having the opportunity to pick Kevin’s brain on so many coaching topics. He truly was a great mentor and it’s so important to have that element on your coaching staff. Kevin is going to be a great resource for all of our players and coaches.”
Rogers will work move among the position groups on offense, working with offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt, passing game coordinator Chad O’Shea, offensive line coach Bill Callahan and running backs coach Stump Mitchell.
During their time together in Minnesota, Rogers and Stefanski worked with a variety of quarterbacks, ranging from Brad Johnson to Tarvaris Jackson, Gus Frerotte and Brett Favre.