Kevin Stefanski made Cleveland Browns history with his Thursday night win
Thursday night was big for the Cleveland Browns and their fan base. After hearing for a couple of days about how everything was a disaster following their loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, they were able to go out and score a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football.
For outsiders, it will be easy to dismiss this win by saying they were supposed to beat Cincinnati, which is true. But it was still an important victory since they not only got to erase the Week 1 stain before the rest of the NFL starts Week 2, but they also proved they can make adjustments this season — which is something that didn’t happen at all in 2019.
Another reason the win was big is due to the fact that it made some history. By scoring the victory on Thursday Night Football, Kevin Stefanski has now put himself in the team’s record books as the youngest coach (38 years old) to win a game for the Browns. And the name he beat out is pretty impressive as Bill Belichick (39 years old) had previously held that title.
Stefanski might still be young but he’s very well-respected in league circles following a long tenure with the Minnesota Vikings. He survived several regime changes there and had worked his way up the ranks to become the offensive coordinator late in 2018 and retained that role in 2019.
He nearly didn’t keep that job with Minnesota ahead of last season since he was a finalist for the head coaching job with the Browns. In the end, they went with Freddie Kitchens, which proved to be the wrong choice.
Thankfully, they were still able to land Stefanski this season and the coach scored a very important — and historic — first win on Thursday Night Football.