Browns GM Gets Brutally Honest About Baker Mayfield
Browns GM Andrew Berry got brutally honest about Baker Mayfield this week.
Last season, Cleveland completely collapsed under the weight of expectations.
Everyone thought the Browns might contend for an AFC North title and be a dark horse playoff team.
That did not end up happening.
Cleveland finished the year 6-10 and ended up firing head coach Freddie Kitchens and general manager John Dorsey.
Team management went out and replaced Kitchens with former Minnesota Vikings coordinator Kevin Stefanski and Dorsey with Berry.
Speaking to the media this week, Berry gave his honest take on his young quarterback and why he has “a lot of belief in Baker as a quarterback.
“We’re really excited about his future and really excited about the work Kevin is going to do with him.” — EVP/GM Andrew Berry on QB Baker Mayfield pic.twitter.com/FTawwbdUFf
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) February 5, 2020
“I was a part of drafting Baker in 2018 and I can tell you there was a ton of organizational consensus with selecting him with the first overall pick,” he told reporters.
“(I) still have a lot of belief in Baker as a quarterback, his talent, and what we think he can become in the NFL.
“(I’m) looking forward to seeing what (head coach) Kevin (Stefanski) and (offensive coordinator) Alex (Van Pelt) and his staff do with Baker this spring … We’re really excited about his future.”
Mayfield had a strong rookie campaign in 2018, only to regress badly the following year.
All in all, Mayfield’s numbers dropped in almost every major statistical category: touchdowns, yards per outing, competition rate, etc. At the same time, his turnovers went up – significantly.
Will Berry and Stefanski be able to turn things around?
Can Mayfield bounce back in Year 3?
Next season will answer a lot of those questions for us.