The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including one reporter asking how long of a leash Baker Mayfield will have
It’s a topic that isn’t going to go away until Baker Mayfield makes it go away. The Cleveland Browns starting quarterback struggled at times in 2019 and now enters his third season and will have his fourth head coach in that span.
And with the addition of Case Keenum, who has worked with new head coach Kevin Stefanski in the past, there have been concerns about how long Mayfield can stay under center. According to Jeff Schudel of The News-Herald and Morning-Journal, it may not be very long.
Schudel was on 92.3 The Fan and said that Mayfield will be given a short leash and that the team will have some tough decisions to make if he doesn’t start to win this season.
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With the talent around him, it would be hard to justify another frustrating season full of losses, but is it really time to consider alternatives?
That story and more can be found in today’s Daily Dawg Tags.
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"“If he has another bad year, the Browns have some decisions to make.”"
There are two sides to this coin. One is the fact that Mayfield has shown he can get it done at the other level. The other is the fact that he did struggle mightily in his second season. It’s easy to chop that up to the coaching issues they had, but a lot of his success came with that very same coach calling the plays. The bottom line is this — Mayfield has the talent to play at a very high level but he does need to show that this season. Until he does, these questions will continue to pop up.
Greg Newland isn’t sold on the current linebackers corps in Cleveland and wants to know why they haven’t gone out and added some talent in free agency.
"“Matthews, 33, had a productive season with the Rams last year, and would definitely be worth exploring. In 13 starts on the edge, he had eight sacks, two forced fumbles and three passes defensed. He’s versatile enough to play inside or out, and would immediately challenge for a starting position.”"
Again with the linebackers. Clay Matthews III is the son of a former Cleveland Browns star, so naturally, fans want to see him play where his father did. The question is whether or not he’s a fit. Mary Kay says he can be, but Matthews feels like more of an edge player in a 3-4 system than a true linebacker. Still, he could be better than some of the current options.
"“The schedule will be released exclusively on “Browns Live: Schedule Release Show, presented by Progressive,” which airs Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on the Browns’ YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter.”"
Once we know the schedule, the tickets will be available. COVID-19 might have things up in the air but the league seems ready to roll with things and see if fans are willing to come out.
They aren’t all linebackers, but Grant Puskar does at least look at that position as he names three free agents the Browns could still sign.