Kevin Stefanski sat in his well-lit office in Eagan, Minnesota, and was riddled with questions about his core principles as an offensive coordinator. The Minnesota Vikings were rolling – winners out of eight out of ten at the time – and I wanted to know the secret to the most from Kirk Cousins, who was in the middle of a career year. “data-reactid =” 16 “> About three months ago, Kevin Stefanski sat in his well-lit office in Eagan, Minnesota, and was asked many questions about his core principles as an offensive coordinator. The Minnesota Vikings rolled in time – winners of eight of the ten at the time – and I wanted to know the secret to getting the most out of Kirk Cousins, who was in the middle of a career year.
astonishing 26-20 road victory in New Orleans. & nbsp; “data-reactid =” 17 “> About three weeks after that conversation, the man many of whom said he couldn’t win the big one finally got the statement victory he desperately needed, a stunning 26-20 road victory on New Orleans.
So yeah, I’d like to think I was a little ahead of that train.
I admit I was also looking for Stefanski because I knew it wouldn’t be long before he became head coach in this competition. I had first met him at the training camp in August and was immediately impressed by his friendly demeanor, disarming with the media and his sharp mind. That’s an ideal trio of skills to have in today’s NFL that has never been more offensive.
So I thought if – not if – he becomes the chief somewhere, it would be great to know what he wants to achieve offensively. And from December the following anecdote stood out:
“Every Monday I watch the top five plays of each offense because you are looking for inspiration and want to see someone [executed] a certain schedule and then you say, “Okay, that looked pretty cool – maybe we can try this week.”
“So the great thing about this company is that you are constantly evolving, adapting and learning about your players.”
Then the kicker came:
“The great thing is that we have depth with wide receiver, tight end and declining so we can be versatile and versatile,” said Stefanski.
Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs), a Pro Bowl tight end (Kyle Rudolph) and a promising young (Irv Smith Jr.), a premium that decreases (Dalvin Cook) and a promising young (Alexander Mattison). The Vikings drove that group to an average of 25.4 points per game, eighth most in the competition. “Data-reactid =” 45 “> Stefanski referred to the two Vikings Pro Bowl recipients (Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs), a Pro Bowl tight end (Kyle Rudolph) and a promising youngster (Irv Smith Jr.), a premium declining (Dalvin Cook) and a promising young (Alexander Mattison) The Vikings rode that group to an average of 25.4 points per game, eighth most in the league.
Cleveland BrownsHead coach in January might as well have talked about his new team. “data-reactid =” 46 “> Stefanski, who was hired as the Cleveland Browns head coach in January, might as well have been talking about the future, talking about his new team.
Stefanski is familiar to Browns’ free agent blueprint
Browns have so far shown in free service. “data-reactid =” 48 “> While Cleveland fans have a well-deserved tendency to expect the worst, it’s hard not to be optimistic about the level of competence that the Browns have shown in free choice so far.
general manager Andrew Berry immediately started making the Browns offense more Minnesota-like. The Vikings used as much as everyone in the league last season. So Berry went and signed the 25-year-old tight Austin Hooper, giving the Browns a chance to pair it David Njoku. That improves Cleveland’s athleticism, which creates defensive problems. “Data-reactid =” 49 “> In an effort to give Stefanski what he needs to make Cleveland’s 22nd ranked attack sing in 2020, new CEO Andrew Berry promptly started making the Browns more Minnesota attack- The Vikings used twice as many tight points as everyone else in the league last season, so Berry signed for the 25-year tight ending Austin Hooper, giving the Browns the chance to pair him with David Njoku, which improves athletics. Cleveland on the position, causing defensive problems.
Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. is as good as the Vikings’ duo from Diggs and Thielen a year ago, and they also have the explosive running backs (Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt) to match Cook and Mattison. The Browns even signed Jack Conklin, one of the main run blockers of the game, to make a lot of money to reinforce the right tackle spot, leaving the left tackle position the only remaining offensive hole. & nbsp; “data-reactid =” 50 “> But that’s not all! Browns’ hosting tandem by Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. is just as good as the Diggs and Thielen Viking duo a year ago, and they also have the explosive running backs (Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt) to match Cook and Mattison The Browns even signed Jack Conklin, one of the main run blockers of the game, for a lot of money to boost the right tackle spot, making the left tackle- position was the only remaining offensive hole.
four first quality attacking tackles – Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, Georgia’s Andrew Thomas, Alabama’s Jedrick Wills Jr. and Louisville’s Mekhi Becton – in a multi-quarterback draft in the first round. One of the tackles will happen to them. “Data-reactid =” 75 “> And the Browns should be able to address that weakness quickly. They choose tenth place in the concept and there are four first-rate attacking tackles – Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, Georgia Andrew Thomas, Alabama’s Jedrick Wills Jr . and Louisville’s Mekhi Becton – in a concept with multiple first round quarterbacks, one of the tackles will be theirs.
Baker Mayfield. He struggled a year ago and threw 22 touchdowns and 21 interceptions, but what Stefanski said in December about how he matched the Vikings ‘attack to Cousins’ strengths makes me think he will get the best out of him. “Data-reactid =” 76 “> This leaves the Browns with a foul similar to that of the Vikings – and probably with a higher ceiling depending on how you feel about quarterback Baker Mayfield for a year ago and threw 22 touchdowns and 21 interceptions, but what Stefanski said in December about how he matched the Vikings ‘attack to Cousins’ strengths makes me think he will get the best out of him.
“We want to play with our strengths, and every time you think about it, you always think of the quarterback,” said Stefanski. “We saw an offense where Kirk could excel at the goalkeeper match and the play action because he is so accurate on the go. And then, with the threats we had to face, we thought there was potential.”
Expect a better Baker Mayfield
Stefanski was right, of course. Cousins thrived on the game action schedule in 2019 and posted an amazing stat line – 69.1 completion rate, 3,603 yards, 26 touchdowns and six interceptions – while the Vikings went 10-6.
Chances are Stefanski will keep the same plan in Cleveland. Mayfield is a good athlete, and as he struggled last season, a run should allow him to thrive in game action, where he was much better (66.5 percent of his passes completed for 11 touchdowns and six interceptions) than him was without (56.4 completion rate, 11 TDs, 15 INTs).
“I played defensive in college, so I know the feeling of when you see an offense and the quarterback takes the ball, pulls it out, the running back leaves the bag, and then it’s a pass,” Stefanski told Yahoo Sports. “I know that feeling as a defender like,” Okay, here’s my run fit, I’m getting ready to run and then, “Oh boy, this is a pass.”
So that’s what Browns fans can expect in 2020: lots of play action and maybe lots of points. Fighting in the AFC North will never be easy as Pittsburgh and Baltimore are still looming, but a competent offense will do a great deal in helping the Browns straighten the ship.
NFL offenses, for better or worse, often reflect their head coaches, as Stefanski explained.
“We’re talking about identity – we’re putting it on our phone list, so it’s never far from who we are – and as a violation, we’re physical, aggressive, smart, resilient, all-in,” said Stefanski. “For us, it never deviates far from who you are and what you believe in, and again that goes back to [Minnesota] trainer [Mike] Zimmer. Coach Zim is a hard-nosed guy and I hope our offense more than anything reflects his mentality. ”
Now we will see what Stefanski’s offense looks like on its own. My hunch is that it will look pretty much the same, and it won’t be a bad thing.