2. Baker Mayfield
I’m willing to bet that for many in the Dawg Pound that when Roger Goodell read Baker Mayfield’s name, “The Circle of Life” started to play in their heads like it did when Simba was shown.
After all these years, Cleveland has a quarterback! It comes in the form of the 6-1, 215-pound rookie from Oklahoma. He’s got all the swagger and confidence that Cleveland needs and that Colin Cowherd can stomach.
Despite not starting for the first two and a half games of the season, Mayfield finished with 3,725 yards, completing 63.8 percent of his passes and an all-time rookie record 27 touchdown passes in his debut season. Despite LeBron leaving the city (again), the sun has risen on Mayfield as the new King.
Now I know what you’re asking yourself right now; who could possibly be number one? If Baker is number two, who else was more important in 2018?
1. John Dorsey
The man who started it all! The Overseer! The Big John! The man who brought all of these nine other names to Cleveland! John Michael Dorsey.
He made the call that’s Baker Mayfield was The Guy. He hired the newest head coach who meshed so well with their franchise quarterback. He brought in all these new offensive and defensive weapons we see today. But most importantly he fired Hue Jackson.
It was nice of Dorsey to let Hue stay a few more games but the writing has been on the wall. Baker Mayfield and Damarious Randall in two games against Cincinnati showed how they really feel about Jackson. Obviously, John Dorsey had been listening.
Other GMs have made terrible moves for this organization. They seemed like they were essentially Yes Men to Jimmy Haslam but Dorsey has stood strong in his decisions. 2018 is a product of such.
For the 2018 season and the Browns future, the Cleveland Browns and their fans have John Dorsey to thank most of all.