And then there was none.
The only team left in the NFL landscape looking for a head coach has found its man in a familiar candidate.
"We are thrilled to welcome Kevin as the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns," Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement. "We were looking for a strong leader of this football team, a very bright coach with a high football IQ, who could establish a strong understanding of what he expected of his players, hold them accountable and confidently navigate the challenges and opportunities that present themselves throughout a season. Kevin exemplifies these qualities and more.
"I really feel like I grew as a coach there, and they allowed me to grow, which was outstanding," Stefanski said in a statement. "I just kind of chased this thing and here's where it landed right now. I couldn't be happier that I'm here to help this franchise."
Last season, Stefanski was seen as the runner-up to the job bestowed upon Freddie Kitchens. Kitchens was fired after just one season and Stefanski is now taking his spot.
Following Kitchens' firing, the Browns and general manager John Dorsey parted ways, so upon Stefanski's hiring, finding the next GM is paramount in Cleveland. Cleveland has already requested interviews with Colts assistant general manager and Eagles vice president of football operations Andrew Berry, while Rapoport added the Browns might look at Vikings assistant GM George Paton.
Though the Browns fired Kitchens on the last Sunday of the season, they were the last team to fill their coaching vacancy after a lengthy search that encompassed nearly two weeks and eight interviews.
In the cold aftermath of a 6-10 showing of a 2019 season, Kitchens was dismissed. As it was Kitchens' first job as a head coach, the belief among many was the Browns' next leader along the sidelines would be one with head-coaching experience.
The 37-year-old Stefanski does not offer that, though, as he'll venture out of the Skol confines for the first time in his NFL tenure, having began as an assistant to the head coach in Minnesota in 2006. Since then he's been a tight ends, running backs and quarterbacks coach before taking over as offensive coordinator in 2018.
Other fallout, as Rapoport added, from Stefanski's hiring will be that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (another presumed top pick for the Browns' job) will remain in New England under Bill Belichick. Minnesota will also need a new offensive coordinator, but Gary Kubiak is there as assistant head coach and offensive advisor.
Given the job as offensive coordinator in an interim capacity toward the end of the 2018 season, Stefanski held on to the job through 2019 as the Vikings had the No. 8 scoring offense.
Including interim coach Gregg Williams, Stefanski is set to be the fourth Cleveland coach in three seasons when 2020 kicks off.