Baker Mayfield said he was the guy to turn the Browns franchise around before the 2018 NFL Draft and so far, he’s proven to be the guy Cleveland needed
Do you remember when you were a little kid and you played with the plastic blocks that were different shapes, like a square or a circle, and would try placing them in that shape sorter toy? And after you got all the shapes into the right location you felt proud of yourself.
That’s the sort of activity that I think of when thinking how our current Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and just kind of how he fits well with his team, the city and community that he represents. I believe most Browns fans would agree that Mayfield has performed very well in general over the past three seasons and wouldn’t trade any of the previous 29 quarterbacks back up to replace Mayfield now.
Many sports media personalities out there in the vast sea of characters are actually coming around in their support for what the Browns and the Mayfield are showing as a team and why they have a really good opportunity at going very far this next season and competing at the highest level in search of the Lombardi Trophy.
Unfortunately, there are those scary characters in that sea that just have an agenda with the Browns and players like Mayfield and can’t get out of their own way in bashing the Browns or their quarterback.
One of those disturbing characters is Mike Tannenbaum, a current ESPN NFL football analyst and failed former GM and Vice President of operations for past NFL teams, those being the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. Tannenbaum has said some questionable things about the Browns and Baker Mayfield in the past and added fuel to the fire when he recently said the following about Mayfield and how he is replaceable as the Browns quarterback.
Now, I’m not here to bash Tannenbaum the rest of the way, but he likes to rattle us Browns fans and sometimes I do believe, he has sold his soul to get a few more eyebrows raised.
He’s absolutely wrong in his assessment of Mayfield being replaceable and I’ll give you my best three arguments to Tannenbaum’s outrageous takes.
Baker Mayfield is one of the Browns team leaders
You want your quarterback to be the leader of your team, inspiring his teammates and motivating them to want to play hard. Mayfield is all of that plus some. Most games, you can watch with your own two eyes the numerous times he’s walked up and down the sidelines or chased his own players into the endzone after his teammate just scored to share in the celebration.
Some out there in that deep blue sea of complainers don’t like their quarterback to share their emotions on their sleeve, and rather be a cerebral calculated competitor and disguise his emotions. Those folks are just wrong.
The Browns went through 29 quarterbacks in the last 20 years. When you find your man, you stick with him, and the Browns have been smart over the last three seasons to realize what they have now with Mayfield.
You can’t replace that type of leader, or duplicate with another individual, especially one like Mayfield who is committed to winning, his teammates and the city he represents.