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Browns GM: Baker Mayfield ‘determined’ to bounce back from 2019 season

Baker Mayfield endured a tumultuous and disappointing second NFL season in 2019, and the belief within the Cleveland Browns organization is that the quarterback is eager to turn the page and will be successful in doing so.

Appearing Tuesday on ESPN Radio’s “Golic & Wingo” show, Browns general manager Andrew Berry exhibited complete confidence in Mayfield enjoying a turnaround season in 2020 after his sophomore slump of a campaign last year.

“I can assure you there’s nobody who’s more focused and determined to put last year behind him and take a step forward than him,” Berry said, as transcribed by Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “We’re excited about the environment that we’ve created around that position and around that room in general, and we really do expect him to have a fantastic year. I know Kevin [Stefanski] and the staff have done a really nice job with the virtual offseason so far, implementing the new system and we think that he’ll be able to thrive in it this season.”

As Berry alluded to in his comments, the Browns have surrounded Mayfield with an entirely new coaching staff on offense. Headed up by offensive guru Kevin Stefanski as head coach, Mayfield stands to benefit from working with the new regime following a dysfunctional one-season campaign under Freddie Kitchens.

Mayfield’s frustrating second season was not only due to a lack of success on the gridiron. Those struggles were further exacerbated by some off-the-field issues that included feuding with a member of the Cleveland sports media as well as a pregame handshake controversy involving Richard Sherman.

Following an outstanding first season in which he finished second in Rookie of the Year voting, Mayfield regressed in 2019, a concerning development highlighted by his inability to get on the same page with Odell Beckham Jr.

Whether the coaching staff overhaul and another year under his belt will help spark a bounce-back season for Mayfield, however, remains to be seen.