The Cleveland Browns believe that Tyrod Taylor gives them the best chance to win games, but his performance has shown otherwise.
The Cleveland Browns have struggled to establish any type of offense in the first half against the New York Jets. In the first two quarters of play, they have only been able to gain 74 yards of offense, with only 19 yards coming from through the air at the time of this being published.
The offensive line has struggled to give Tyrod Taylor time, as the Jets continue to load the box and bring extra pressure. But Taylor has struggled mightily, completing only four of his 14 passes for 19 yards.
Despite the pressure that he is facing, Taylor has struggled to get the ball to his receivers, even when he has time in the pocket.
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Throughout the beginning of the season, Taylor has had a lot of problems with under-throws. Against the Jets, Taylor has had two chances to hit Antonio Callaway with two deep passes that most likely would have resulted in touchdowns. But both times, Taylor under threw the football.
Not only has Taylor struggled to get the ball deep, but he also does not have the accuracy that fans were hoping they would see from him. Taylor’s accuracy issues has defenses unafraid of what he can do through the air. That has resulted in them loading the box, creating even more problems for the Browns run game.
Yes, Taylor is a dynamic player when he is running with the football. But opposing defenses are preparing for that, as Taylor seems to be ready to run with the ball as soon as he hits the top of his drop.
The biggest concern with Taylor is that offensive coordinator Todd Haley does not seem to trust him. Haley has called a lot of screens and passes near the line of scrimmage, creating little pressure for the opposing secondary. It almost seems like Haley knows that Taylor won’t get the ball to intermediate part of the field, and is attempting to get anything he can out of the passing offense.
With how much the Browns offense has struggled in the first two and a half games of the season, it seems like it is time for the Browns to make the switch to Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield has the arm strength to hit Callaway in stride on the vertical throws, but he also has the accuracy to hit his receivers in the intermediate part of the field.
Taylor has moments of good play. But his struggles have occurred much more often than him excelling.
The switch should happen when the Browns are in the locker room during the game against the Jets, but Browns fans know how stubborn Hue Jackson can be. He may still believe that Taylor is his best chance at winning games, but it is becoming more and more apparent that Mayfield is the quarterback that gives the Browns the best chance to win.
Editors note: Post was published before Tyrod Taylor was removed from the Jets game due to an injury