1. Baker Mayfield
This one was probably the most obvious, right? Mayfield is the single most important piece to the success of the Browns. If he fails, it could set the franchise back a few years.
If you keep up with football, you know last year wasn’t all on Mayfield. He’s now on his fourth head coach in three years. Regardless of how poor the coaching was last year, Mayfield had such a bad season that many were questioning his ability to be a starter. It’s way too early to make a determination but a 22 to 21 touchdown to interception ratio doesn’t help the optimists’ argument.
Hopefully, Stefanski and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt will be around long enough to exhale and can fine-tune the franchise quarterback. Mayfield has shown that he can ball at this level during his rookie season and even in spots last year. Decision making appeared to be his weak point. Mayfield needs to celebrate the base hits as much as the triples and home runs.
With the plethora of weapons at his disposal and upgraded coaching staff, it’s hard to believe Mayfield will lose his spot to Case Keenum. The offensive line has already been upgraded with the addition of Jack Conklin and whomever the Browns draft this month. The tight end position has been upgraded and he has healthy receivers.
Mayfield could not only be the MVP of the Browns, but in the race for MVP of the NFL.