The stunning news that Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski is among the latest wave of positive tests for COVID-19 is settling in on Cleveland and the rest of the NFL. And the reaction is one of equal parts sadness and anger.
Stefanski will miss the team’s wild-card game in Pittsburgh on Sunday due to the positive test, as will the others who have yet to be identified. The dismay and disgust at the thought of playing the team’s first postseason game in 18 years without the man most responsible for bringing the Browns together and getting there is very palpable in the social media reaction to the sobering news.
Here are some of the more family-friendly responses on Twitter to the devastating news.
Stefanski has seemed so diligent, especially with the mask. It just can hit anyone and has spread in that building & locker room. NFL doesn’t seem to mind much, though.
— Jake Burns (@jake_burns18) January 5, 2021
The NFL vehemently refused to postpone the #Browns the last two weeks. Their medical experts maintained these COVID-19 cases were due to "community spread" and NOT an outbreak in Berea.
This looks really bad on the league.
— Nick Pedone (@NickPedone12) January 5, 2021
It was clear as day the Browns have had an outbreak for the last 10 days but the NFL just had to get all 256 in on time. What did they think was going to happen
— TA (@ClevTA) January 5, 2021
Browns HC Kevin Stefanski tests positive for COVID. Browns just can’t catch a break.
— Jason Nicholas (@JasonNweather) January 5, 2021
Even in a playoff season there’s a coaching change.
Son of a bitch.
— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) January 5, 2021
Browns have been dealing with an outbreak for weeks and it's directly affected what's happening on the field. https://t.co/PH0mDT6b8r
— Bill Shea (@Bill_Shea19) January 5, 2021
This is why we can’t have nice things.
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) January 5, 2021
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 5, 2021
My personal take…