CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have hired Kevin Stefanski as the new head coach.
Stefanski will replace Freddie Kitchens, who was fired after just one season following the team’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 29.
Stefanski becomes the 10th full-time head coach the Browns have had since 1999, joining Kitchens, Hue Jackson, Mike Pettine, Rob Chudzinski, Pat Shurmur, Eric Mangini, Romeo Crennel, Butch Davis and Chris Palmer.
Team owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam said during their search for a head coach they were looking for a smart, strong leader with good football acumen who is a continuous learner and works well within the organization.
According to Jimmy Haslam’s plan he laid out in a press conference, Stefanski will help in selecting the new general manager to replace John Dorsey, who the team “mutually parted ways with” at the end of the Browns season.
Whoever Stefanski helps select to be the team’s general manager will have final say on the Browns’ 53-man roster, according to Jimmy Haslam, which could mean some of the faces fans got to know during the course of the season might not be here in 2020.
After the future general manager decides on the final 53-man roster, Stefanski will have the final say on the gameday 46 each week.