The news comes less than 24 hours after the Vikings were eliminated by the San Francisco 49ers with a 27-10 loss in the Divisional Round on Saturday afternoon. Stefanski gets the job over eight overall candidates, which included Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Mike McCarthy, Greg Roman, Jim Schwartz, Josh McDaniels, and more. It was not the prettiest of finishes for Stefanski at Minnesota, as his offense totaled just 147 total yards and allowed quarterback Kirk Cousins to get sacked six times on Saturday.
The team fired general manager John Dorsey on December 31st, and let it be known that they wanted to hire a coach before a general manager this off-season. They got their man in Stefanski, who is their 18th head coach in franchise history, and 12th for the Browns since 1999. He is also already the fifth head coach under owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, which only dates back to 2012. The new Browns coach took over the Vikings OC position on the interim in 2018, before landing the job full time this past season. He will now hope to break plenty of droughts in Cleveland, which includes a 13-year winning season drought, 18-year playoff drought, and 31-year division title drought.