Mayfield Back to 2018:
We have all heard it a thousand times, “Baker Mayfield took a major step back in 2019 after a stellar rookie performance in 2018.” While it can’t be ignored, it’s now time to put that in the past and only worry about what Mayfield can control, and that is the future. The entire team, but specifically Mayfield was dealt a poor hand last year with an overwhelmed head coach and a dysfunctional locker room.
Look for first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski to clean up all of this and be the biggest influence on Mayfield’s game. Stefanski not only knows how to run a successful NFL offense, but he also brings a scheme to Cleveland that is extremely quarterback friendly.
Mayfield will not be asked to drop back and sling the football 50 times per game in 2020. And with proper play calling the Browns should not find themselves down enough to throw the ball every play or behind the chains on third down making the team predictable.
Stefanski will give every team a steady dose of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and then sprinkle in play-action when the defense is least expecting it. The Browns have an athletic offensive line and two great running backs to make the wide zone/play-action offense extremely effective.
With a taste of humble pie in 2019, look for Mayfield to be more motivated than ever. With a tremendous coach, fitting scheme, and talented weapons across the board on offense, look for the Browns to turn some heads under the leadership of Mayfield.