Browns set to hire Ste­fan­ski as next coach

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The Browns didn’t pass on Kevin Ste­fan­ski a sec­ond time.

They’re hir­ing the Vik­ings of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor to be its new coach, ac­cord­ing to re­ports Sun­day.

Ste­fan­ski agreed to ac­cept the po­si­tion a day af­ter the Vik­ings were beaten 27-10 by the 49ers in the di­vi­sional round of the NFC play­offs.

An of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment is ex­pected Mon­day.

The 37-year-old Ste­fan­ski nearly be­came the Browns coach a year ago but fin­ished as a run­ner-up when the team se­lected Fred­die Kitchens, a sur­prise hire who was fired af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing, drama-filled 6-10 sea­son. Ste­fan­ski spent this last sea­son bol­ster­ing his var­ied re­sume run­ning the Vik­ings of­fense, and the Browns made sure they didn’t let him get away again.

Ste­fan­ski, who had been with the Vik­ings since 2006, is the Browns’ 10th full-time coach since the fran­chise’s ex­pan­sion re­birth in 1999. He’s the sixth coach hired by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam since he bought the team in 2012.

His se­lec­tion means that no new mi­nor­ity can­di­dates were hired by NFL teams this off­sea­son. Of the four hires, only the Red­skins’ Ron Rivera, who pre­vi­ously coached the Pan­thers, is a mi­nor­ity.

Bron­cos fire of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, hire Shur­mur: The Bron­cos fired of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Rich Scan­garello, and re­port­edly the team will hire re­cent­ly­fired Giants head coach Pat Shur­mur to re­place him.

Scan­garello, a dis­ci­ple of 49ers coach Kyle Shana­han, strug­gled in his first gig call­ing of­fen­sive plays for first-year coach Vic Fan­gio as the Bron­cos (7-9) re­gressed in al­most ev­ery of­fen­sive cat­e­gory in 2019.

The Bron­cos of­fense av­er­aged just 17.6 points.

Gra­ham to lead Giants de­fense: Pa­trick Gra­ham will leave his job as Dol­phins de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor to take the same role with the Giants, ESPN re­ported.

The Dol­phins will pro­mote de­fen­sive pass game co­or­di­na­tor/cor­ner­back coach Josh Boyer to de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

Gra­ham served on the Pa­tri­ots staff un­der new Giants coach Joe Judge from 2012-15.

Edel­man ar­rested in LA: Pa­tri­ots star re­ceiver Ju­lian Edel­man was ar­rested in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia on sus­pi­cion of mis­de­meanor van­dal­ism af­ter jump­ing on the hood of some­one’s car, au­thor­i­ties said.

Edel­man, 33, caused un­spec­i­fied dam­age when he jumped on the ve­hi­cle Satur­day night on a com­mer­cial block of Bev­erly Hills, po­lice Lt. Elis­a­beth Al­banese said in a state­ment.

Edel­man was re­leased on a ci­ta­tion and is sched­uled to ap­pear in court April 13.

Edel­man led the Pa­tri­ots dur­ing the 2019 reg­u­lar sea­son with 100 re­cep­tions, 1,117 yards and six touch­downs.

John­son to Hall: Jimmy John­son, who coached the Cow­boys to two Su­per Bowl cham­pi­onships in the 1990s, was elected to the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame.

The hall an­nounced the se­lec­tion of John­son, 76, on Sun­day as part of a cen­ten­nial class that was cho­sen by a spe­cial com­mit­tee. For­mer Steel­ers coach Bill Cowher was re­vealed Satur­day as the other coach be­ing in­ducted.

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