New Browns Coach Makes Surprising Baker Mayfield Comment
The new Browns coach made a surprising Baker Mayfield comment this week.
On Monday, Cleveland brass announced that former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski would be the organization’s next head coach.
Ultimately, the Browns decided to pass on New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh for the role. Both were considered frontrunners at one stage in the process.
The response to Stefanski’s hiring was obviously mixed, but most are still willing to give him a chance.
This week, Stefanski was immediately asked what his plans were for his young quarterback, Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield enjoyed a lot of success during his rookie campaign, only to regress severely in Year 2 despite arguably having better talent on the offense.
When pressed on what his plans for Mayfield were, Stefanski was blunt: he wants to “make life easier” for his young passer.
“I spoke to Baker briefly yesterday,” he said.
“He’s the quarterback, he’s the trigger man, and that’s the exciting part to me. I’ve worked with a lot of quarterbacks, a lot of great ones over the years, and I’m looking forward to hunkering down with him and getting to work.
“Like any one of our players, when they walk into the building we’re going to have a detailed plan for them and how they’re gong to improve,” he continued.
“And Baker, as a young player, the sky’s the limit, but we’re going to put in the work to get it done with Baker.
“I’m still in the infancy of studying last year and we’ll identify some things as we get going, but certainly, when you’re talking about this job and this franchise and everything that goes with it, you talk about the quarterback, and I think the sky’s the limit for the kid.”
The Browns went 6-10 under former head coach Freddie Kitchens last year. It was widely expected that Kitchens would be able to keep his job, but three straight losses to close out the year ultimately sealed his fate.
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