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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had himself a solid Wednesday after being named the Cleveland Sports Award Professional Athlete of the Year.
In just his rookie season, Mayfield had the best season of any Cleveland professional athlete, making him very deserving of the award.
One of the presenters of the award was Cleveland Browns legend, quarterback Bernie Kosar. Kosar was the most recent successful quarterback in Cleveland, leading the Browns to several playoff appearances during his stint in Cleveland – although that was nearly 30 years ago.
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Most Browns fans take Kosar’s words about the Browns like gospel, and they will certainly appreciate what he said on Wednesday night. In today’s featured article, Kosar said that Browns fans should be thinking playoffs with Mayfield at quarterback.
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"“Baker, he’s been fantastic, phenomenal how he’s played,” Kosar said. “It’s amazing that a kid in his early 20s like this could command such leadership, the way the older guys and the younger guys look up to him. I’m looking forward to next season.”"
When it comes to talking quarterbacks, Kosar knows what he is talking about. He certainly sees a lot of great traits in Mayfield, which is why he believes he can lead the Browns to their first playoff appearance since 2002. And it is not just Browns fans that are thinking playoffs, as there are people who cover the league thinking the Browns will be a playoff team in 2019.
The Cleveland Browns have good talent in their front seven on the defense, but the talent has not equaled results. That is why Elliot Kennel thinks that the Browns need to add some talent to the group during the off-season.
"More than a year after being fired by the Cleveland Browns, the polarizing ex-general manager will appear on a panel at the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. The panel, which will be moderated by ESPN The Magazine senior writer Mina Kimes, will also include Los Angeles Rams COO and Vice President of Football Operations Kevin Demoff, NFL analyst Warren Sharp and Pittsburgh Steeler analytics coordinator Karim Kassam."
Unlike another person recently fired by the Browns, Sashi Brown has stayed out of the spotlight since his firing in December of 2017. It is fitting that the first public appearance he will make since his firing is at an analytics event, considering he relied heavily on analytics during his time making the football personnel decisions for the Browns.
The Cleveland Browns could go a variety of directions when they are put on the clock during the 2019 NFL Draft. But as Randy Gurzi points out, Pro Football Focus believes the Browns will target a cornerback in the first round.