Coming off of the Cleveland Browns’ Orange and Brown scrimmage, we take a look at how Kevin Stefanski has handled the early portion of training camp.
After an offseason that did not supply a ton of question marks, one unknown factor was how Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski would run a true training camp. With 10 practices now in the books, a few characteristics have revealed themselves.
Stefanski is all about efficiency, on and off the field. This holds true for how he orchestrates training camp as well. Anyone who has been to a live practice session or watched a segment of Browns Live can attest, there is no time being wasted. That goes for players and coaches alike.
Players like Denzel Ward can routinely be viewed working with defensive back coach, Jeff Howard, during the special teams period off to the side drilling technique. When you have stars like Ward putting in extra work in between sessions, it sets a tone for what is expected. Under Stefanski’s watch, extra is the new norm, something that is a breath of fresh air in Berea.
Another trait that has revealed itself is how Stefanski handles players returning from injury. While the fans may be disappointed to show up to training camp and, on that particular day, Grant Delpit might have the day off. The next day it could be Odell Beckham Jr or Joel Bitonio. It is all part of a work management load strategy.
Stefanski is playing the long game and each player is put on a different schedule that aligns with their age, recovery, or particular injury history. By treating each player on an individual basis, Stefanski is looking to minimize soft tissue injuries as well as letting players returning from injuries maximize their recovery time.
In a Kevin Stefanski ran training camp, nothing is by accident and everything is by design. There’s even plans for the plans. It is a perfect marriage of science, analytics, and football savvy. It’s the way an NFL training camp should be handled in 2021.
While it would be nice to see the entire team practicing every day, the end game is to be the last team standing in February, not the first team standing in August.