As the Cleveland Browns lose a nail-biter, Browns nation seems to be blaming the wrong guy. Baker Mayfield is still the answer.
For whatever reason, no matter what happens in game, fans always turn to blaming the quarterback. Yes, I am one who is very critical of Baker Mayfield. That’s said, he did more than enough to lead the Cleveland Browns to a Week 1 win — and if you don’t see that, it’s all on you.
Mayfield finished the game 21-of-28 with 321 yards and an interception while controlling the game for most of it. So, why do we blame Mayfield once again?
Because it’s the easiest thing to do. It’s not right, but it’s easy. Sadly, for most fans, what easy is what they go for.
If you really want to blame someone, blame Nick Chubb or Jamie Gillian. How many times did Mayfield throw a laser where only he could put it today? Multiple.
If it wasn’t for Mayfield getting tripped up on the last play, they Browns would have still been alive and they would have still had a shot. It was clearly heading out of bounds.
Sometimes, I feel as if Browns nation takes for granted what we have going here. We have an elite offense in the making, with a defense that is slowly improving. While they still did not make enough plays to win today, they are better than they were last year — and come on, they were playing the human cheat code Patrick Mahomes and still had a shot to win with less than two minutes to go. And that was without Ronnie Harrison and Grant Delpit.
This was a game to make a statement. Even in a loss, the Browns still made one? What is it? They are here, and they are ready to win now.
If they clean a few things up, they will be ready to roll come playoff time against Kansas City.