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Friday, February 28, 2020

Kevin Stefanski says he won’t have to clear game plan through Browns’ analytics people

Kevin Stefanski

The Cleveland Browns have made it clear they want to continue to have a strong analytics presence, but new head coach Kevin Stefanski says the reports about how much influence the numbers department will have over his decision-making are overblown.

One of the reasons the Browns chose Stefanski over Josh McDaniels is that the New England Patriots offensive coordinator reportedly wanted a franchise makeover in Cleveland, while Stefanski is willing to let Paul DePodesta and his staff have a significant role in football operations. Cleveland radio host Dustin Fox says one thing Stefanski had to agree to do is turn turn in a copy of his game plan to the analytics department by Friday each week so the plan can be discussed.

Stefanski told the media on Friday that the report is simply not true.

While DePodesta and company may not have asked for veto power with Stefanski’s game plan, the coach did make it clear that he is in favor of analytics.

The Browns supposedly have no plans to promote DePodesta to general manager, but there’s a reason they stuck with him and parted ways with John Dorsey. They believe in the former MLB executive’s analytics-based approach, and Stefanski must be on-board with it as well. DePodesta has said in the past that his methods have been mocked by some of his NFL peers, but time will tell if Stefanski is the right coach to help him prove everyone wrong.


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