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Browns Coach Suggests Changes Are Coming For Baker Mayfield In 2020

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield runs with the ball against the Baltimore Ravens.

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 29: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns scrambles against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

For the fourth time since he was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2018, Baker Mayfield has a new offensive coordinator.

This time it's Alex Van Pelt, who joins the Browns after two years as QBs coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. Mayfield will have a lot of work to do in order to recover from his disappointing sophomore campaign, and Van Pelt seems to have an idea of where the Browns QB can start.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Van Pelt said that implementing his new offense will involve teaching Mayfield some new things in his footwork. He explained that he's going to teach Mayfield more fluid motions when working out of shotgun formations, among other things.

Mayfield had a disappointing 2019 season that saw him increase his turnover rate while dropping his completion and touchdown percentages. The Browns finished 6-10, and the entire Browns front office and coaching staff were fired.

But in hiring Alex Van Pelt, head coach Kevin Stefanski might have found the right QB guru for his young starter.

A former QB in his own right, Van Pelt was a record-breaking starter at Pitt before spending over a decade in the NFL.

Since retiring from playing, Van Pelt has coached QBs for the better part of 15 years.

His first coaching role came as QBs coach of the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe in 2005. Van Pelt's next few stops would take him to the Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Green Bay Packers..

But this will be his first time working as an offensive coordinator.

Considering the itchy-trigger finger that the Browns front office has shown when it comes to coaches, Van Pelt will have very little room for error when it comes to working with their star QB.

Will Alex Van Pelt be able to get Baker Mayfield into Pro Bowl form?