Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns entered the 2019 NFL regular season with Super Bowl hype. Three games into the year, though, the AFC North team barely looks like a playoff contender.
The Browns fell to the Rams on Sunday night, 20-13, to drop to 1-2 on the season.
Mayfield was just 18 of 36 for 195 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the loss. The Browns' defense played well, despite missing several starters in the secondary, though the Mayfield/Freddie Kitchens-led offense was far from good enough.
The former No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick looked sporadic in the pocket, constantly bailing out. That needs to stop if the Browns are going to be successful.
The Browns' offensive line is to blame, of course, and the play-calling has not been great, either.
Still, Mayfield likely needs to have a better presence inside the pocket and a willingness to stand in there amidst pressure.
It doesn't get any easier moving forward for Cleveland.
The Browns (1-2) are set to play at Baltimore on Sunday. Cleveland then has games at San Francisco, home against Seattle and at New England.