After two and a half games of Tyrod Taylor, it seems that the Browns’ “sit and wait” plan for rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield has been thrown out. The No. 1 overall pick showed poise and tremendous potential against the New York Jets, and has been named the starting quarterback as his reward.
Tyrod Taylor was not what fans wanted to see under center for the Cleveland Browns. Through just two and a half games, the former Buffalo Bill was far too conservative and was sacked far too much to get anything going offensively. After a rough blow to the head against the New York Jets, Taylor was taken out of the game with a possible concussion. Fans inside FirstEnergy Stadium chanting “Baker Mayfield” got their wish, and the No. 1 pick unofficially arrived on the next drive.
The rest, as they say, is history, as Mayfield went 17-23 passing for 201 yards, and led the Browns to a comeback win over the Jets. Under Mayfield, the Browns’ entire offensive unit changed.
Due to Mayfield’s playmaking skillset, the offense came up with him and rallied behind his performance. All common sense, and now reports from ESPN.com, say that the Browns will be starting Mayfield going forward.
The curtains may have opened on the Baker Mayfield show a bit earlier than Hue Jackson and the Browns would have liked. However, that does not mean that it did not come at the right time. Mayfield showed tremendous talent against the Jets, and made sure that the Browns would have no choice but to name him the starter for the rest of the season.
Next Sunday, Mayfield and the Browns will visit the Oakland Raiders in the Black Hole, one of the toughest arenas for opposing offenses in the NFL. But, as the great Sam Rutigliano would say, quarterbacks are like teabags; you don’t know what you have until you put them in hot water.