After a 2-5-1 start, the Cleveland Browns opted to let go head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. The decision has a big impact on the rookie season of Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield took over as the starter a few weeks into the season, and has had an up-and-down start. The former Heisman winner has flashed the accuracy and guile that made him a surprise No. 1 pick, but he also hasn’t developed chemistry with all of his receivers, and has thrown an uncharacteristic number of interceptions, based on his college days.
He remains the quarterback of both the present and the future, and now general manager John Dorsey is tasked with finding a proper steward for his career.
Baker Mayfield discussed the Browns’ decision to let go of both Hue Jackson and Todd Haley today.
From 92.3 The Fan’s Daryl Ruiter:
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) October 31, 2018
Some of Mayfield’s comments:
“For me, it was definitely something new. It caught me off-guard, but you got to roll with the punches. Whatever happens, happens. We have to stick together as a team, we have to use this as something to make us come together. Obviously, it could be a huge distraction, or it could be something that brings this locker room even closer.
“I think for me, it being the first time I’ve experienced something like that mid-season, it’s surprising on all fronts… That’s my ‘Welcome to the business moment.'”
Mayfield admitted he hadn’t been through something exactly like this, but did liken the situation to what happened ahead of his senior year at Oklahoma.
“I haven’t been through a mid-season change, but when Bob Stoops stepped down and Lincoln Riley was the head coach, that was kind of the same situation… it was different, it was new to us. We used that to come together, and I expect the guys in here to be grown men, to be experienced football players, and to have the same mindset.”
Baker Mayfield is being praised by many Browns fans for his leadership in the face of this early-career adversity. He also isn’t too upset about the development, per a report from the weekend.