Browns OC Alex Van Pelt: ‘I have seen zero’ tension between Kevin Stefanski and Baker Mayfield

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  • Cleveland Browns
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  • Baker Mayfield
    Baker Mayfield
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  • Kevin Stefanski
    Kevin Stefanski
    American Football Coach

With reports flying left and right about possible tension and discord between Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and head coach Kevin Stefanski, it can be tough to know exactly what to believe. One of the people in position to know the relationship between the coach and quarterback is Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt.

In his meeting with the media on Thursday, Van Pelt flatly refuted any deep issues between Mayfield and Stefanski.

“No, absolutely not,” Van Pelt said when asked if he’d seen any tension between the two. “I have seen zero of that. Kevin is in our meetings every day. He comes in, and we talk through everything that was installed every day. I know the line of communication is wide open between those two guys. I know they have met weekly on Tuesdays to make sure everything was good. I do not feel that at all. I do not. Kevin has always been open and very communicative with all of the players and coaches, as well.”

Van Pelt, who does not call the plays under Stefanski, noted that the precipitous drop in the Browns offense leads to a lot of talking. They’re doing that internally, too — in the quest to correct what all went wrong in Cleveland’s disappointing 2021 season.

“There is always room for correction and always room for improvement. That is kind of where we are,” Van Pelt stated. “In the offseason, we will dive deep, deep into that and see, as we do every year. Even during the bye week, we really took a dep dive into what we are doing, and we will always adjust, adapt and try to put our players in the best position, but there is always room for improvement. The top offense to the bottom offense in the league, you can always get better.”

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