Browns GM on Baker Mayfield: ‘I love everything about him’
Baker Mayfield may be in the midst of the dreaded sophomore slump, but the second-year signal-caller has the continued backing of a very important person within the Cleveland Browns organization.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Browns general manager John Dorsey threw his support behind Mayfield despite the quarterback’s somewhat surprising struggles so far this season.
“I like where he is. I like his competitiveness,” Dorsey said of Mayfield, per Jake Trotter of ESPN. “I love everything about him, that hasn’t changed one bit. … And what I really like is his teammates like him.”
It was believed that the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. to an already-talented offense would leave Mayfield poised to take the next step this season and lead the Browns back to relevancy, if not something greater.
It obviously has not turned out that way, as the Browns have stumbled to a 2-4 record.
While Mayfield does not deserve all of the blame for the Browns’ disappointing play so far this season, he certainly has earned a significant share of it. Completing only 56.6% of his passes this season, Mayfield has thrown only five touchdowns to a whopping 11 interceptions.
That leaves Mayfield — who is currently battling a hip issue during the team’s bye week — with an awful 66.0 quarterback rating on the season.
It actually has gotten so bad that there’s a tweet attracting attention that mocks Mayfield by packing all 11 of his picks into one embarrassing, not to mention damning, video.
All of Baker Mayfield’s interceptions through 6 games.— JWack (@JaredWackerlyFF) October 14, 2019
I wanted to make this real quick to give some context to the numbers. I’m not making excuses for him, the young kid CLEARLY needs to improve. However, it’s not all on him. I still very much believe in Baker. pic.twitter.com/iiWMit3jeK
It would be foolish for the Browns to give up at this point simply due to a poor six-game stretch out of Mayfield. However, during a season that began filled with so much promise and long-awaited optimism, Mayfield’s struggles have to be of some concern for a Browns organization that pinned its hopes on him to lead the charge.