Kevin Stefanski has denied a report from Dustin Fox of 92.3 The Fan that the Cleveland Browns' new head coach will have to turn his game plans over to owner Jimmy Haslam and the team's analytics department on Fridays.
"It's not true. I like that report. That was a good one," Stefanski said Tuesday at his introductory press conference.
"It's silly season for that type of stuff, I understand that. But to me, analytics, I can't say it enough, it's a tool. ... We have so much of this information, we have years of it, so let's use it to our advantage."
The Browns announced Stefanski as the 18th head coach in franchise history on Monday after he spent just one season as a full-time offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings. The 37-year-old said he's already spoken briefly with Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and expressed his excitement about unlocking Cleveland's offensive potential.
"We have some good players to work with and I'm looking forward to it," Stefanski said. He added: "We'll try to be explosive, obviously, in the run and the pass game, but starting with the players, as we think about putting our scheme together, we're going to start with our guys and then we're going to maximize the talents of the key players."
- With h/t to WKYC.com