Kevin Stefanski joined Cleveland Browns Daily Co-Host and Browns GameDay Radio Color Commentator Nathan Zegura on Wednesday’s “Kevin Stefanski Show” to discuss all things Browns, including his plan for quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson
After the dust settled on the Browns’ emotional and hard-fought victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11, some called into question Kevin Stefanski’s second-half playcalling in the game.
Cleveland Browns Daily Co-Host and Browns Radio Color Commentator Nathan Zegura asked Kevin Stefanski about that and if he could envision opening the playbook up for DTR. Stefanski’s reponse:
The Browns appeared to control the tempo of the game and put together a great first half against Pittsburgh. All of that was nearly wiped completely away when on the second play of the second half, Jaylen Warren went 74 yards to the end zone to cut the Browns lead to 10-7.
From there, the Browns’ play-calling felt incredibly conservative. They leaned heavily on the run game and kept Dorian Thompson-Robinson in a very structured offense making short, quick throws. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Thompson-Robinson led all of the NFL with a 2.34 second time to throw over the entire game.
The concerns over play-calling went disappeared on the last drive of the game, as DTR went four-for-five for 39 yards and led a game-winning field goal to break 10-10 tie.
All Stefanski had to do was turn on the tape of Week 2 to see what the Browns needed to avoid to beat Pittsburgh, and that was simply turning the ball over. The conservative nature of his play-calling was a big reason why the Browns won the football game on Sunday and why they can win more games going forward.