Following the Cleveland Browns’ season-ending loss to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, Kevin Stefanski defined his resolution to not go for it on a vital fourth down.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Over the course of his first season as the pinnacle coach of the Cleveland Browns, Kevin Stefanski constructed a fame for being probably the most aggressive head coaches within the league.
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However going through a fourth and 9 on the Browns’ personal 32-yard line and trailing the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 22-17 with 4 minutes and 19 seconds remaining within the AFC divisional spherical on Sunday, Stefanski opted to punt the ball again to the defending Tremendous Bowl champs.
Regardless of backup Chad Henne being in at quarterback for Kansas Metropolis after Patrick Mahomes left the sport with an obvious head harm, the Browns by no means acquired the ball again. After Henne rushed for 13 yards on a third-and-14 with two minutes left, a five-yard go to Tyreek Hill sealed the sport, sending the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Recreation for the third time in as a few years.
Chatting with reporters on a Zoom name after the sport, Stefanski was requested about his polarizing resolution to punt slightly than try and convert a fourth-and-nine. In defending his resolution, the first-year head coach stated that 9 yards had been just too many for the Browns to aim a fourth-down conversion in their very own territory.
“No, that was simply in all probability too lengthy there at that distance,” Stefanski stated. “If it was tighter, certainly.”
Punting wasn’t the one polarizing resolution that Stefanski made on Sunday, as he didn’t problem one Chiefs completion that appeared to hit the bottom and challenged one other that did not hit the bottom, shedding a second-half timeout within the course of. Requested about his workforce’s problem miscues vs. the Chiefs, Stefanski took full duty.
“All of these selections, that’s on me. I ought to have been higher there,” he stated. “There’s a value to these if you do lose these since you lose a timeout. That’s on me.”
Following Sunday’s loss, the Browns completed their 2020 season with a 12-6 general document — their greatest since re-entering the NFL in 1999.