The dominoes are starting to fall in terms of NFL teams hiring new head coaches. So how close is the team that started the coaching search first? Are the Cleveland Browns near a final decision?
According to reports, the Browns are in the closing stages of their search. General manager John Dorsey and the rest of the six member committee is reportedly down to the final two candidates.
Both candidates have something in common from the 2018 season. Kitchens and Stefanski took over as offensive coordinators during the season.
Kitchens replaced the fired Todd Haley for the final eight games for the Browns. Stefanski took over when the Vikings fired John DeFilippo with four games remaining.
Stefanski reported was spotted heading to Cleveland for a second interview. It may not be for the head coach position. It’s possible that Kitchens will become the head coach and Stefanski could become the new offensive coordinator.
If a final decision is looming, the Browns finished their coaching search by interviewing a total of seven candidates. Besides Kitchens and Stefanski, the Browns interviewed Gregg Williams, Jim Caldwell, Brian Flores, Dan Campbell and Matt Eberflus.
If Kitchens does get the job, there are reports out stating that other assistant coaches have been asked to remain in Cleveland. Williams is likely not going to return as defensive coordinator.
So far three of the eight head coaching positions have been filled. The Green Bay Packers are hiring Matt LaFleur. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hiring Bruce Arians. The Arizona Cardinals are hiring Kliff Kingsbury. The three NFC head coaching jobs are now filled. The five AFC positions remain open for now.