The Browns have made their decision.
According to multiple reports, Cleveland has hired Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski to be its next head coach. This means Josh McDaniels will stay in New England another year. The Patriots' offensive coordinator was the eighth and final candidate the team spoke with.
McDaniels was also passed up by the Giants and Panthers this week, as both teams requested permission to interview him, but hired a coach before their interview took place. McDaniels could not interview until Tuesday because of end of the year wrap-up things in New England.
This should be viewed as a win for the Patriots, as it keeps a valuable coach in place and could also keep someone like Dante Scarnecchia around for another year. It also could be argued it increases the chances of Tom Brady coming back. If there was a new OC in place, it might have been hard to convince Brady to re-sign.
Stefanski saw his season come to an end Saturday with a loss to the 49ers.