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The 2020 offseason has presented several challenges for rookie head coaches, including Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, and coaches around the league in general. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL has largely shutdown any work in team facilities this offseason.
Every team has been forced to switch to virtual offseason programs, as coaches and players were not allowed in team facilities until the restrictions were loosened recently to allow coaches to return to the team’s facility.
This offseason has not been ideal for Stefanski, who has been attempting to install his new schemes and new culture virtually. There are already enough challenges for a rookie head coach, and this offseason is only providing more challenges for the first-time head coach.
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Today’s featured article discusses Stefanski not being able to hold an offseason minicamp with the Browns and what that could mean for the team.
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"Fortunately for the Browns, they’ve installed their entire offensive and defensive schemes during the Virtual Period of the offseason program, and Stefanski has also used Zoom meetings to help build camaraderie with things like a slam dunk challenge and movie poster challenge."
Although the Browns coaches were able to distribute the playbooks virtually to the players and install their schemes, there is a big difference between learning it on paper versus actually learning it on the field. The Browns players will have to build chemistry with the scheme, forcing Stefanski to cram a lot of work into training camp.
The AFC North has historically been a competitive division, and that is not expected to change 2020. Mitch Zoloty believes the AFC North will be the best division in the league in 2020, headlined by the Ravens and Browns.
"“Some people see that as very different, but I do not see it as very different in my ability to kind of pool information to make a bet on the direction of the market versus pooling information to making a bet on the direction of an NFL player. I think those are similar processes.”"
The Cleveland Browns are building a front office and organization with a foundation of intelligent people from strong academic backgrounds. It may not be the most natural way to build an NFL organization, but it is creating an atmosphere of people who can handle several different challenges under different types of pressure.
By this point of the offseason, most NFL teams have signed a large portion of their draft classes. However, the Browns have only signed a couple, and Elliot Kennel discusses the possible reasons for the lack of rookie deals.