1. Stefanski is a needed calming voice
Not only did things get scary when Nick Chubb was taken down by linebacker Mack Wilson, but they also got chippy. As soon as Chubb was tackled, some of his offensive teammates quickly came to his defense and got into the face of Mack Wilson, the linebacker who made the tackle.
They weren’t the only ones involved in the commotion either as defensive coordinator Joe Woods also showed frustration with the linebacker, but then Kevin Stefanski stepped in as explained by Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
"“Tight end David Njoku and guard Joel Bitonio got in his face, and defensive coordinator Joe Woods yelled his name from the opposite sideline. Kevin Stefanski weaved his way through traffic and had words with the second-year linebacker.” — Cabot, Cleveland.com"
It may have seemed like a small gesture but it really wasn’t. In the middle of the chaos, Stefanski realized he needed to step in and regain control. He asserted himself as the conductor of the practice and instead of shouting at Wilson and getting his blood rising even more, he tried to calm him down and remind him what these practices were for.
Stefanski was able to look beyond this moment and saw a player, who recently spoke out about how he wants to prove himself, trying to do too much. He couldn’t go back and take the hit away but he could make sure Wilson stayed focused and learned from the mistake — which was the fact that he took Chubb to the ground after the defense had already been told to cool it in that regard.
For a rookie head coach, that was pretty impressive and just another sign that he’s the right guy for the job.