Philly Guy Kevin Stefanski Won’t be Able to Coach His Playoff Game

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Kevin Stefanski is a Philly guy. Born here, grew up here, went to St. Joe’s Prep and then Penn, where he played defensive back for the Quakers.

After working his way up the NFL coaching ranks via the Minnesota Vikings’ system, he took the Cleveland head coaching gig in 2020 and led the Browns to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

Unfortunately, Stefanski won’t be able to coach the game because of a COVID outbreak in the Browns’ camp (via ESPN) –

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, two additional members of the coaching staff and two players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be available for the AFC wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night if the game remains as scheduled.

In making the announcement Tuesday, the Browns said special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as the acting head coach. Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt is expected to call the offensive plays in place of Stefanski, a source told ESPN.

That’s a bummer. You gotta feel for Browns fans, who have been waiting almost 20 years to see their team in a playoff game. Now they’re doing it with no fans in the seats, the coach can’t coach, and Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio is out. Bitonio has played his entire career in Cleveland.

With the Eagles not participating in this year’s playoffs, it would have been nice to see Stefanski’s team do well. He is a true Philly guy, unlike Joe Judge, who transferred to Lansdale Catholic and then had the audacity to lecture Doug Pederson about the integrity of the game.

Joe Judge is not a Philly guy.

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