Browns: Highlights from Kevin Stefanski's press conference

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Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski spoke to the media on Wednesday during a press conference in Indianapolis ahead of the NFL Combine.

It is that time of year when every single head coach and general manager will speak to the media ahead of the NFL Draft Combine, getting us one step closer to the offseason truly beginning. Kevin Stefanski spoke to the media on Wednesday and here are some of the highlights.

He said he is excited about the staff they have assembled over the past few weeks, which there was quite the overhaul in terms of the coaching staff that will hopefully make a difference in the spring and summer months as well as the regular season.

Stefanski said the team is "very fortunate" to be playing in the Hall of Fame Game against the New York Jets and that it is an "unbelievable honor." Said it will be great to celebrate the career of newly elected Hall of Famer, Joe Thomas.

Jim Schwartz was hired to be the new defensive coordinator, replacing Joe Woods and Stefanski is pleased with what Schwartz is doing thus far. Stefanski has high praise on how Schwartz coaches other coaches and shows them the schematics of how he wants the defense to operate.

Stefanski also noted that the veteran presence of Schwartz will not only help the team, but the head coach himself. Schwartz has a ton of NFL experience as both a head coach and coordinator, so this should be an ideal pairing for the fourth-year head coach.

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A question came up in regards to Jacoby Brissett, who started for the Browns while Deshaun Watson served his 11-game suspension and Stefanski raved about Brissett the person and also the player. Said he is a "big fan" of Brissett.

Of course, Stefanski was asked about Watson and how in sync they are at this point in time. Stefanski said that he feels he and Watson are on the same page with everything and they are "seeing the game similarly." He thinks Watson is "very excited" about what the team will do offensively this season.

This matches up with what Watson said on Quinn Avery's Online Radio show as he said he expects the Browns to "roll" in 2023.

Alex Van Pelt will take over duties of quarterback coach after former QB coach Drew Petzing left to take the same posiiton with the Arizona Cardinals. Stefanski said that AVP coaching Watson last year aided in the decision to promote him. Also said that AVP is ready for what is best for the team.

Per usual, we didn't get a ton of new information from Stefanski, but he did give us a little insight to how he feels the offseason has gone thus far with the hiring of new coaches and a glimpse to what we can expect from the team in 2023.

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