Freddie Kitchens on Baker Mayfield’s numbers: ‘I truly don’t look at stats’
Baker Mayfield is suffering through a rough second NFL season, including from a statistical perspective. Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens has come up with a solution through which Mayfield’s atrocious numbers don’t cause him any sense of concern: He doesn’t pay any attention to them.
The embattled Browns head coach made an appearance Wednesday on Cleveland’s WKRK-FM (92.3 The Fan), and suggested that there is much more to a quarterback’s play than what numbers he’s putting up.
“There’s a lot of factors that go into that,” Kitchens said of Mayfield’s 58.7% completion rate, which comes in dead last in the NFL among qualified QBs. “I don’t think he’s just wildly missing passes. I don’t really look at that. I truly do not look at stats.”
92.3 The Fan program director Keith Britton also shared some additional thoughts from Kitchens’ on Mayfield’s ongoing struggles.
#Browns HC Freddie Kitchens: “I think Baker’s got a unique ability like a lot of great QBs have, a short memory. They don’t worry about the last play, move on to the next one.”— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) November 6, 2019
#Browns HC Freddie Kitchens on preventing frustration for Baker Mayfield: “He has to have the mindset of the game of football is tough. It’s a tough game played by tough people. He’s a tough individual. Baker will be fine. He just has to stay in the moment.”— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) November 6, 2019
To say Mayfield has had a nightmarish 2019 campaign would be a major understatement. Along with his dreadful performance on the field — Mayfield ranks 31st in passer rating (71.3) — he has gotten into it with members of the media, including reigniting a long-simmering feud with a local Cleveland reporter.
After the Browns’ loss to the Patriots two weeks ago, Mayfield said the media member’s inquiry was the “dumbest question you could ask” before storming off.
Kitchens declined to specifically address the incident when asked about it Wednesday.
#Browns HC Freddie Kitchens on if he had a problem w/ Baker walking out on media last week: “What Baker and I talk about will always stay between us…”— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) November 6, 2019
if he spoke to Baker about it: “I would not even say that. I mean, I don’t want to answer that. Baker and I talk every day.”
Things appear to be going from bad to worse for both Mayfield and the Browns (2-6) in a season that opened with so much promise. It’s unlikely the Browns will be able to get things turned around this season, but it could cost Kitchens his job if he is unable to get Mayfield headed back in the right direction over the next eight games.