Cleveland Browns should make hiring Gary Kubiak priority
The Cleveland Browns recently hired Kevin Stefanski as their new head coach and he is currently working on filling out his staff. He should look to hire who can make his job easier.
Being an NFL head coach is a job that comes with a lot of responsibility and that can overwhelm someone if they aren’t experienced in it or haven’t been around somebody who is. You instantly become the face of a billion-dollar company and you have to deal with all the things that come with it.
That was the case with Freddie Kitchens last year with the Cleveland Browns. The rookie coach just seemed to have too much on his plate and let some things get out of hand.
Fans may think they are getting into the same thing with the team’s newest hire, Kevin Stefanski, but there is something he can do to help with that, hire assistants who have experience being head coaches so they can help you adjust to your new duties.
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The best man for that job is Gary Kubiak who worked as an offensive adviser for the Minnesota Vikings last year where Stefanski was the offensive coordinator.
Kubiak has 10 years of experience as a head coach with the Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos including winning a Super Bowl with Denver in 2015. He compiled an 82-75 record but he stepped away while coaching the Broncos in 2016 citing health reasons.
He reappeared on the coaching scene last year taking a job offer to come work for Mike Zimmer and work with Stefanski in Minnesota.
Giving a first-time head coach someone on their staff that has experience has been effective with other teams as well. Sean McVay brought in Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator when he was hired by the Los Angeles Rams. Phillips was the head coach of most notably the Dallas Cowboys for four years.
The New York Giants recently hired another former Cowboys coach Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator to help guide their first-time head coach, Joe Judge.
Even coaches who are unsuccessful at being the head man can still offer guidance on how not to do things. An example Browns fans are familiar with is Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was retained this offseason to be apart of Matt LaFleur’s staff. Pettine was head coach in Cleveland in 2014-15 posting a 10-22 record.
Kubiak had a decent amount of success as a head coach and a Super Bowl ring gets you a lot of credibility in the locker room which this coaching staff will also need.
Stefanski has been interested in some bright young minds for his staff but it would be smart to try and get Kubiak from Minnesota and give him a similar job. He doesn’t have to be the full-time offensive coordinator he just needs to be on the staff.
Kubiak has been in the NFL as a player and a coach since 1983, he’s won big playoff games as a coach and player and he can help lead Stefanski in the right direction if and when he needs guidance.