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Coach Kevin Stefanski makes move to Northeast Ohio after long delay

Kevin Stefanski had a busy weekend.

Not only did the first-time Browns coach conduct a virtual rookie minicamp with the team’s draft picks and undrafted free agents, he moved from Minnesota to Northeast Ohio.

The trip was a long one, and a long time coming. He had planned to move his young family much earlier but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

“If I could turn this phone around, you’d see boxes everywhere,” Stefanski told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt late Monday night. “But we did an 11-hour drive on Friday and powered through that. I was proud of myself.

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“It was interesting. The license plate game is hard right now because there’s not a lot of cars on the road. But the kids were pretty good. Thank God for the iPads, and now happy to be in Cleveland.”

Stefanski was an assistant with the Vikings for 14 years before being hired by the Browns in January. He said the license plate game is still fun for kids, even in today’s age of technology.

“They were into it, at least for a few minutes,” he said. “We pulled out all the stops. We were playing bingo, you name it.”

Stefanski is in temporary housing but will settle in a West Side suburb. At his introductory news conference, he said he was aware of the East Side-West Side divide in the area and polled reporters on where they lived.

The Browns began the virtual offseason program for veterans April 20. The rookies joined Monday after their minicamp.

Stefanski remains confident the two-hour sessions four days a week between his coaching staff and the players have been beneficial.

“I think players, young people, are a resilient bunch, and I think they learn under these unique circumstances,” he said. “I think they’re better equipped to do this than maybe any other generation just because they’re so in tune to the technological aspect of this whole thing. And the feedback I’ve gotten from the guys has been very positive.”

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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