Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski won't be on the sidelines when his team takes on the Pittsburgh Steelers in a wild-card game this Sunday after testing positive for the coronavirus. On Tuesday, Stefanski was one of several Browns coaches that tested positive for the coronavirus but the positive news was there was no positive tests within the team on Wednesday.
Special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as Browns acting head coach when the team takes on the Steelers. "Just gotta put a plan together, go find a way to win," Stefanski acknowledged, per ESPN. The Browns defeated the Steelers on their home field 24-22 this past Sunday to clinch their first playoff appearance since 2002.
However, it should be noted that several key members of the Steelers were given rest in Week 17 since they already had a clinched playoff spot. This Sunday, the Steelers will be playing with their top lineup and this time they will be the hosts.
Stefanski, who is in his first year as the Browns head coach, is feeling fine after testing positive but he won't be allowed to be with the team on Sunday. "I'm disappointed for anybody that can't be a part of this, all of our guys that can't be a part of this is disappointing to me, but we have to find a way," Stefanski said.
"That's what our charge is. That's what we're working on."
Stefanski confident in his players
After the Browns beat the Steelers to earn their first postseason berth since 2002, starting quarterback Baker Mayfield said it was a moment he would never forget.
"It's a moment I'll definitely never forget," Mayfield said after the game. "The feeling of walking off the field, the energy in the stadium, they're playing 'Cleveland Rocks' ... for it to be that loud with a limited amount of fans, it was a special moment for us."
Making the postseason was a big thing for the Browns but now they want more. "We're not satisfied," Mayfield said. "We expected to be here. We worked extremely hard to get here and we're excited to have the chance to be in the playoffs."
Browns coach Stefanski has the full belief that his players will approach the game seriously and give their best to beat the Steelers. "The guys understand what I'm about, they understand what our team's about," Stefanski said. "Everybody knows what's at stake, and they're excited for the opportunity."