The Cleveland Browns have started many quarterbacks since returning to the league in 1999, but Baker Mayfield isn’t worried about that, he looks ahead.
Every fan of the Cleveland Browns understands how hard it has been to find a quarterback. There have been 29 different attempts since 1999 and it’s become a running joke.
Not only was there an infamous jersey with all the different names on the back, but we all know it doesn’t take more than a series into a Browns game to get the icon across the screen showing us all how many have tried and failed in the past.
And now, we have No. 30 about to give it a go. Thankfully though, Baker Mayfield isn’t concerned about the past and wasn’t afraid to say so when asked about being the 30th option since 1999.
Mayfield’s take is refreshing. So many want to live in the past and think that it will only repeat itself. Head coach Hue Jackson — and many fans — are guilty of this exact flawed thinking as they were scared to death to start Mayfield as a rookie.
The fear was he wouldn’t work just like the others hadn’t. Well as Mayfield said this is 2018. We aren’t talking about Johnny Manziel who couldn’t care less about the game, or a mid-round pick in Cody Kessler that was never expected to be a starter.
We also aren’t talking about DeShone Kizer, who started for only two seasons at Notre Dame and was called a project by every single draft analyst. No, we are talking about the very first player taken in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Mayfield went No. 1 because he’s a winner. He’s sure of himself and knows he can get the job done. He’s not worried about other rookies failing in Cleveland (guess what they failed and succeeded elsewhere, it’s all about the player themselves not where they go when drafted).
He’s also not worried about a history of losing. He cares about winning and what we can do today.
That’s exactly what this team needs now.