After a very good rookie season, expectations were high for the Browns and Baker Mayfield. With the addition of Odell Beckham Jr, the Browns offense captivated fans across the league. Well, on paper it did, in reality it ended up being quite the opposite.
The term “sophomore slump” is a fair label for what Mayfield experienced last season. A lackluster passing season led the Browns to 6-10 season. Mayfield finished the year second in interceptions, trailing only Jameis Winston, second to last in completion percentage (59.4%), barely beating out Josh Allen, and ranked 19th in total QBR. One can chalk up his poor performance this season to poor offensive line play, but ultimately, the blame falls on the quarterback.
This brings up the question, is next season Baker or bust? He has the best offensive line he’s had in his career so far and arguably the league’s best skill position groups around him. This team has playoff potential and if it isn’t realized because of another season of poor quarterback play, then it’s time to move on. It doesn’t matter how much swagger and charisma you bring to the table if you don’t win games. If you aren’t a winner, you’re gone. This is the attitude the Browns front office needs to follow.
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If this team wins nine games and misses the playoffs because of a tiebreaker, fine Baker can stay but if this is another six win season then you look towards free agency and the draft. Now is the time for Baker to take that next step and prove to everybody that he’s the guy to bring back Browns football.
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