Baker Mayfield came into the 2019 NFL season with big expectations of leading the Cleveland Browns to the playoffs. Many even thought they would end up being Super Bowl contenders. Unfortunately, it was more of the same suffering for the fans.
The Browns never came into their own and ended up finishing the year with a 6-10 record. Freddie Kitchens was a big part of their struggles and ended up being fired after just one year as head coach.
In addition to Kitchens, the players didn’t play up to expectation either for the most part. Mayfield, in particular, received heavy criticism for his play.
NFL.com looked back at the 2019 season and ranked NFL quarterbacks from best to worst. Cleveland saw their quarterback receive a brutal ranking. He ended up at just No. 24 on the list.
The seemingly endless series of insurance commercials only amplified the fact that Mayfield was one of the 2019 season’s biggest letdowns. His passer rating declined by 14.6 points from 2018.
Mayfield ended up completing just 59.4 percent of his pass attempts for 3,827 yards, 22 touchdowns, and a staggering 21 interceptions. Those numbers are not going to cut it for the Browns. Cleveland needs much more from him.
While the ranking is brutal, it is also accurate. Looking ahead to the 2019 season, Mayfield will have a ton of eyes on him to see whether or not he has what it takes to be a legitimate star in the NFL.
It will be interesting to see what kind of changes first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski brings to Cleveland. Hopefully, he will be able to work with Mayfield and help him reach his full potential. If he is able to do that, the Browns could be a tough team to beat.
The future is still bright for the Browns, assuming Mayfield gets his act together and becomes a better player on the field than he is an actor off of it.