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Kevin Stefanski Explains Controversial Fourth-Down Call That Cost Browns

Isaiah De Los Santos
Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski explained his controversial fourth-down call in postgame comments.
Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski explained his controversial fourth-down call in postgame comments. / (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

A series of mistakes led the Cleveland Browns to drop a winnable game against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. One of the most egregious gaffes was head coach Kevin Stefanski electing to go for it on the first drive of the game instead of taking a chip-shot field goal.

The play failed, and Cleveland missed out on an easy three points, which is even more frustrating since Cleveland lost 23-20. Stefanski explained his mindset on the controversial fourth-down decision after the game.

Stefanski admitted to be being greedy in the red zone, as he wanted a touchdown instead of settling for a field goal. Though it's nice to see the coach have an aggressive approach when it comes to scoring, there's also times -- like the first drive of the game -- where it's better to be safe. Taking the three points was the obvious choice.

This will be ultimately be a learning experience for the head coach, who's only in third season at the helm. However, it remains to be seen how much this actually changes his decision-making going forward.

Now Stefanski must shake off this gutting loss and prepare for a date with the Los Angeles Chargers. LA's offense bounced back in a big way in Week 4, so hopefully Cleveland's defense will be closer to full strength after being down several playmakers against Atlanta.

The Chargers have opened as slight 1.5-point favorites over the Browns, according to NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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