The Cleveland Browns lost to the Denver Broncos yesterday, falling 24-19 in Denver. They are now 2-6 overall and nearing elimination from playoff contention with half a season still to play.
There have been a ton of factors contributing to Cleveland’s awful start. But second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield needs to be taken to task as well.
Mayfield has not taken the big leap forward in development that people were expecting after his record-setting rookie campaign.
According to ESPN’s Jake Trotter, Mayfield is actually putting up some of the worst numbers in the league. His 58.7-percent completion and 7/12 TD/INT ratio are the worst in the league.
That’s a pretty brutal stat when you consider that Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has three touchdowns and eight interceptions in his last three starts.
Two brutal stats for Baker Mayfield: among qualifying passers, he is now last in the NFL in both completion percentage (58.7%) and TD/INT rate (0.58).
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 4, 2019
But in fairness to Mayfield, he isn’t getting a ton of help. The pass protection has been awful as he’s been sacked 23 times through eight games. Last year he was sacked only 25 times in 14 games.
The next couple of games won’t be a whole lot easier for the Browns. They play home games against the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers – both of whom have impressive defenses.
One can only wonder what kind of wholesale changes the Browns will make in the offseason to help bring Mayfield back to the level he played at as a rookie.