The Cleveland Browns decision to fire head coach Hue Jackson this morning has left people scrambling to figure out what was the straw that broke the camel's back.
As it turns out, one of the biggest factors in the decision was the pivotal franchise player: rookie QB Baker Mayfield.
According to NFL reporter Charles Robinson, the Browns front office was concerned that a power struggle between Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley would become too great of a distraction for Mayfield to overcome.
Specifically, Browns GM John Dorsey wanted to avoid putting Mayfield in a position to have to endorse his head coach or his OC, as well as answering what would have been incessant questioning about the issue.
Mayfield has had an up-and-down rookie season since making his first start against the Oakland Raiders.
He is 1-4 as a starter with 245 yards per game, eight TDs, six INTs, and an overall passer rating of 78.9.
Mayfield's numbers have improved over the past two games - granted they were losses to the Buccaneers and Steelers. Over the past two weeks, Mayfield has completed 64% of his passes for just under 400 yards with four TDs, only one INT and a 92.3 passer rating.