The Cleveland Browns entered this season as a trendy pick to win the AFC North in large part because of second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield. Through the first two months of the regular season, it’s pretty clear that the team isn’t ready yet for the spotlight.
Cleveland’s success last season was mostly because of Mayfield’s production. However, the former No. 1 pick has declined in his second year in the NFL.
Last Sunday, the Browns suffered a double-digit loss to the New England Patriots. Not only did the offense struggle throughout the game, the coaching staff made an egregious decision in the fourth quarter.
Freddie Kitchens made his special teams have a false start on fourth down so he could get his offense back on the field without wasting a timeout. The offense failed to convert on the very next play.
During his media session on Wednesday, Mayfield was asked about the offense’s failures this past weekend. He wasn’t thrilled with one reporter in particular who asked him about a team’s drive in the fourth quarter.
“Was I happy with that drive? No, we didn’t score points. That’s the dumbest question you could ask.”
Mayfield then walked out of his weekly press conference after he made those remarks.
Here’s the exchange between Mayfield and the reporter, via Patrick Claybon:
Mayfield vs Grossi continues….He was fine with everyone else’s questions about mindset etc… pic.twitter.com/5bTHNrurkP
— Patrick Claybon (@PatrickClaybon) October 30, 2019
It’s not a great look for Mayfield, especially since the Browns are struggling right now.
Mayfield has thrown for 1,690 yards, six touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season. Those numbers are way below his standards.
We’ll see if Mayfield can bounce back and lead Cleveland to a win on the road this Sunday.