Browns coach Kevin Stefanski laments ill-fated Kareem Hunt draw call


When it comes to officiating, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski gave himself the same pep talk he delivered to his players.

Stefanski said he became “too wrapped up” in what quarterback Baker Mayfield said were two missed pass interference penalties on a second-down play with 2:55 remaining Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. Stefanski said that affected the ill-fated draw to Kareem Hunt he called on third-and-9 in a 47-42 loss at SoFi Stadium.

“In hindsight, I definitely wish I did something different,” Stefanski said Monday. “This is where I have to put our guys in position to succeed, and I didn’t do that there and I’m sick about it.

“Definitely got too wrapped up in the previous play call with the clock stopping and how that unfolded. I’ve got to put our guys in position and I can’t do that to our team.”

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

On second down from the Cleveland 15 with the Browns leading 42-41, Mayfield threw a deep incompletion to receiver Rashard Higgins. Mayfield said safety Derwin James Jr. interfered with Higgins, while cornerback Michael Davis did the same with receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones.

Hunt netted only 3 yards on the ensuing draw, and the Chargers marched 48 yards to a touchdown on the next possession to take a 47-42 lead. The Browns got the ball back with 91 seconds to go.

Asked whether his “wrapped up” comment referred to the no-calls, Stefanski said, “I would just tell you, I’m never going to rely and we as a team are not going to rely on the officials. I need to in the moment — whether something gets called or doesn’t get called — I’ve got to move on and make sure I give the guys a chance to succeed.”

The Browns were still stinging from a 33-yard pass interference play on cornerback A.J. Green during the…

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