Last Thursday night at the NFL Honors Awards, Cleveland Browns Head Coach Kevin Stefanski won his second Coach of the Year award in 4 years. The last time he won this award it was his first year as the Cleveland Browns Head Coach in 2020. We all remember 2020 as the infamous Covid 19 season. It was chaotic and strange in 2020. 2023 was not much different.
In the 2023 NFL season the league was not dealing with a worldwide pandemic. But the Cleveland Browns were dealing with a pandemic of injuries that started with OT Jack Conklin week 1 at home against the Cincinnati Bengals being lost for the season. Arguably the most devasting injury was in week 2 at Pittsburgh against the division rival Steelers. Elite running back Nick Chubb was lost to a season ending knee injury. The following week at home against the Titans, Deshaun Watson injured his shoulder for the first time and missed five weeks. Watson was lost for the season after playing his best football in Baltimore after beating the Ravens 33-31. And these injuries were just part of the adversity this team faced in 2023.
While having 26% of the team’s salary cap on injured reserve, being down to the number four and five offensive tackles starting on gamedays, and starting five different quarterbacks. Stefanski managed to guide his team to its second playoff season in four years. His Browns head coaching record is now 38-32 including the playoffs. He surpassed Bill Belichick in Cleveland Browns head coaching wins. Now Browns fans hope like Belichick, Stefanski will win Lombardi Trophies!