The Cleveland Browns are set to hire Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski to be their next head coach according to multiple reports.
The Browns interviewed eight candidates for their head coaching vacancy that became available following the release of Freddie Kitchens on Dec 29, who led Cleveland to a 6-10 record in his only season at the helm. They landed on the 37-year-old Stefanski to be the 18th head coach in franchise history after just one full season as a coordinator at any level, with Stefanski being promoted to OC before the 2019 season after serving on an interim basis the previous year and working as an assistant for the previous 13 seasons.
Minnesota ranked 8th in the NFL in scoring offense during 2019 at 25.4 points per game and made it to the second round of the playoffs before falling in San Francisco 27-10 where the Vikings managed just 147 total yards and allowed six sacks.
Cleveland ranked 22nd in offensive efficiency this season with the likes of Pro Bowlers Nick Chubb at RB, Jarvis Landry at WR and Joel Bitonio at OG, along with former All-Pro's Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt.
Team owner Jimmy Haslam, who has run through five head coaches since purchasing the Browns in 2012, is still searching for a General Manager after parting ways with John Dorsey on Dec 31 after his second season in Cleveland.
Cleveland will enter the 2020 season with the NFL's longest playoff drought of 17 years seeking the franchise's first division title since 1989.