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Mayfield Heading for Make-or-Break Year

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By Usayd Koshul February 28, 2020 0 Comment
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What’s New?

As the Cleveland Browns begin a new decade with a new head coach in Kevin Stefanski, for the third straight season, they’ll still have the same quarterback under center in Baker Mayfield. After a stellar rookie season that saw Mayfield throw 27 touchdowns to just 14 interceptions, many thought he’d breakout in 2019 meaning the Browns would finally be out of quarterback purgatory. Yet with a loaded offensive core that featured guys like Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, Mayfield regressed as a sophomore, throwing 22 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. While the 40 sacks that his offensive line allowed certainly weren’t his fault, the former first overall pick still left a lot to be desired.

 

Year Three.

Now, as he heads into year three, Mayfield will be on his third coach in three seasons. As a rookie, he dealt with Hue Jackson, in 2019, he dealt with Freddie Kitchens, and now, he’ll be dealing with Kevin Stefanski. Stefanski was brought in to do two things: Turn Mayfield into a franchise quarterback and win
games. Yet it’s important to understand that Stefanski and his offensive staff can do all the coaching they want but if the results don’t translate to the wins on the field on Sunday’s, then something is being done wrong. Heading into year three, Mayfield will still have the same core around him. Landry and Beckham are set to return as his top wide receivers while tight end David Njoku and running back Nick Chubb should start as well. If general manager Andrew Berry can shore up the offensive line, then the Browns could be in business in 2020. The 2020 offseason is well underway and with the Browns having four draft picks in the first three rounds, there’s no reason to think that this team can’t come away with even more talent to help Mayfield succeed.

Just remember this when you’re discussing the Browns going from worst to first in 2020: It’ll all hinge on Mayfield. If he turns things around, Cleveland will be in business. But if he continues to play like he did in 2019, the Browns could once again be the NFL’s laughingstock.

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