Reason not to extend Baker Mayfield No. 2 – Weekly Questions
The second reason I wouldn’t extend Mayfield in the next year is the continued question. Can we all agree the fact that we must keep asking ourselves, “Is he the guy?” should mean the answer is likely no?
I know he has won 28 games in Cleveland over the last four years, I know the four years before that the team only won 11 games total including a two-year stretch of 1-31.
This offense has too much talent and is too quarterback-friendly for him to have the struggles he continues to have. For the season, Mayfield has two games with 300 plus passing yards, two games with more than one touchdown pass. He also has three games with no touchdowns, and four games with three-plus sacks.
I get it, he doesn’t have the world’s greatest wide receivers and the offensive line has struggled at times. However, Mayfield needs to get better at getting the ball out quickly and hitting tighter windows when guys are open.
If you want to pay him $35-40 million a year, he needs to make throws like a quarterback making that much money. I guarantee you if the Browns had Josh Allen, Tom Brady, or Aaron Rodgers on the team, things would look a lot different than 6-6 right now.
My point is, this system doesn’t need a quarterback that can line up in the shotgun and be successful on 50 passing attempts a game. But they do need a quarterback who can make quick decisions and hit tight windows.