Up-and-coming offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski had a bad Saturday in San Francisco as his offense generated a meager 147 total yards in a 27-10 season-ending loss to the 49ers in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.
Two days prior Stefanski was interviewing for the Cleveland Browns head coaching job. Did the dud in the Bay Area hurt his chances of landing said job? Apparently not, according to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot.
"But a league source said the Vikings’ performance shouldn’t have much impact on the Browns’ process. They would be hiring him as a head coach instead of a coordinator, and one game shouldn’t negate all the previous due diligence."
Cabot says Stefanski finished runner-up in Cleveland's coaching search last year, and that he's one of seven candidates for the job entering 2020.
The 49ers defense, led by fellow candidate, defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, held Minnesota to 21 rushing yards and seven first downs.
Cabot says the Browns could announce their head coaching decision on Sunday.